Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

"College Athletics"

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

"College Athletics"

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On November 27 [2005] the New York Times reported that the NCAA allows high school student-athletes to use correspondence courses to meet eligibility requirements. In 2000 the NCAA allowed high school administrators to determine which courses count as core courses. During the past two years, more than twenty high school athletes have sent transcripts to the NCAA from University High School, a correspondence school in Miami that has no classes and that offers open-book exams with no time limits. I was surprised that none of the six articles in the Fall 2005 issue of the Forum on "College Athletics" addressed the topic of correspondence courses and high school credentials.

Theodore J. Sheskin

Lakewood, Ohio

We read with interest the articles on "College Athletics" in the Fall issue. In addition to the information and suggestions given in the articles, we also feel strongly about those athletes who accept a scholarship and leave school before graduation to pursue a career in the sport for which they received a scholarship. The purpose of a scholarship to a school of higher education is to educate that individual. These young adults, by agreeing to the terms of a scholarship and then leaving before the end of that agreement, are taking away the scholarship opportunity for another individual who intensely wants to receive an education. …

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