Intercollegiate Athletics and the American University: A University President's Perspective

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University of Michigan Press, Apr 21, 2009 - Education - 352 pages
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After decades of domination on campus, college sports' supremacy has begun to weaken. "Enough, already!" detractors cry. College is about learning, not chasing a ball around to the whir of TV cameras.
In Intercollegiate Athletics and the American University James Duderstadt agrees, taking the view that the increased commercialization of intercollegiate athletics endangers our universities and their primary goal, academics. Calling it a "corrosive example of entertainment culture" during an interview with ESPN's Bob Ley, Duderstadt suggested that college basketball, for example, "imposes on the university an alien set of values, a culture that really is not conducive to the educational mission of university."
Duderstadt is part of a growing controversy. Recently, as reported in The New York Times, an alliance between university professors and college boards of trustees formed in reaction to the growth of college sports; it's the first organization with enough clout to challenge the culture of big-time university athletics.
This book is certainly part of that challenge, and is sure to influence this debate today and in the years to come.
James J. Duderstadt is President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering, University of Michigan.

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Very insightful look into the present culture of intercollegiate athletics. The author having been a University President, provides a unique perspective that accurately describes the political landscape athletics in US higher education. This book bridges the scholar-practitioner gap to provide great insight on the history of college athletics, history of the commercialization of college athletics, and the role commercialization plays today in athletics, but also the larger institution as a whole. An entertaining and informative read. 


Part II How Do Things Really Work?
Part III Cracks in the Facade
Part IV Tilting at Windmills

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JAMES J. DUDERSTADT is President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is author of numerous articles and books, including A University for the Twenty-first Century, and Intercollegiate Athletics and the American University. Dr. Duderstadt has received numerous awards for his research, teaching and service activities, and has served on and/or chaired numerous public and private boards.

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