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CNN Analysis: Some college athletes play like adults, read like fifth-graders

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This is well worth going through.

http://edition.cnn.c...ores/index.html

Here is a part from a UGA professor:

Hawkins said he's worked with student athletes for more than 15 years, previously at Iowa and Northern Illinois University, and now at UGA. He said he's always seen athletes come in at reading levels below what's expected of a college freshman.

"It was 7th and 8th grade level, some at the 6th grade level," he said. "I mentor athletes at UGA and they're in my classes. there are differences across the board. There's reading and writing differences, compared to the regular student body. One thing I've written about quite a bit, when you think about the demand placed on them and given their lack of academic prep, it's a no-win situation."

He said he's witnessed high turnover with academic advisors.

And the athletes, he said, "a lot of them are majoring in eligibility."

Hawkins says he sees it as another form of cheating.

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View PostOmahaBound, on 08 January 2014 - 02:05 PM, said:

Too long; can't read

Then you are missing out.  Here is what they reported on Clemson:


According to several academic experts, the threshold for being college literate is a score of 400 on the SAT critical reading or writing test. On the ACT, that threshold is 16.

According to Clemson, some students who took the ACT first, later took the SAT to meet the university's requirement for having a writing sample, and therefore "did not try very hard" on the SAT when they took it. In those cases, a student was only counted if they scored below the threshold on both the SAT and the ACT.

Football

-- 34/199 scored below the threshold.

Men's basketball

-- 2/30 scored below the threshold.

Women's basketball

-- 7/26 scored below the threshold on all tests taken.

-- In total, that's 15.2%.

CNN also compared the average athlete score to the average student admitted to the university.

According to Clemson, the average SAT verbal score for incoming freshmen in 2012: 607.

Our data shows the average SAT verbal of basketball players admitted between 2007 and 2012: 455

Average SAT verbal of football players admitted between 2007 and 2012: 477

The university declined to respond to additional questions.

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