Division I Athletics and their Impact on Education Argumentative Essay

An analysis of the impact of Division I athletics on education.
# 146203 | 1,778 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 22, 2010 in Education (Higher) , Sport (Players)

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In this paper, the author argues against claims that Division I athletics has a negative impact on education. First, the paper cites the damage caused by having athletic teams associated with a university, especially in light of education. The paper shows, however, that these claims are insignificant compared to the advantages of having a university sports team that unifies a diverse student body. The paper continues by considering the academic issues of student athletes, including cheating, failing grades and not challenging themselves educationally. These issues, according to the paper, are rare and often dealt with responsibly. The paper concludes by stating that problems with student athletes do exist, but are often over exaggerated and that Division I athletic programs are mostly compatible with the higher education goals at colleges and universities.

From the Paper:

"Many critics often claim Div I athletics to be incompatible with education for a multitude of insignificant, yet overly exaggerated reasons. To start off, many Div I colleges recruit athletes and don't care if they're passionate or strong academically. (Eitzen) According to the critics, this creates a problem not for the student-athlete, but for the student body because these athletes will be a negative influence. Also, critics such as D. Stanley Eitzen claim they end up taking the place of another student, one who'll probably contribute to the intellectual life of the college. Well, first of all, most student-athletes often are isolated from the student body (Eitzen), so it's unlikely they'll be ruining intellectualism. Also, usually, each Div I school class has only around 80-100 recruited athletes per year which is quite insignificant when compared to 2000+ students they usually admit. And it's also doubtful that all of those athletes are truly that intellectually incompetent either, particularly at Div I schools such as Duke and Stanford..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Holiday, Pete. "Football's Dirtiest Programs." 2007. 22 October 2009 <http://www.fanhouse.com/tag/TenDirtiestNCAAFBPrograms/>
  • Beamon, Krystal. ""Used Goods": Former African American College Student-Athletes' Perception of Exploitation by Division I" The Journal of Negro Education. 2008. Howard University. October 22, 2009 <http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?index=0&did=1670188831&SrchMode=1&sid=1&Fmt=3&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=PQD&TS=1256601471&clientId=16843>
  • Dennis Schahczenski. Personal Interview. October 20, 2009
  • NCAA. "2008 NCAA Division I Federal Graduation Rate Data." 2008. NCAA. 22 October 2009 <http://www.ncaa.org/wps/ncaa?ContentID=38757>
  • The Contradictions of Big-Time College Sport - D. Stanley Eitzen

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