Sunday, September 28, 2014

UC Berkeley Report On Academics and Athletics released

Daily Cal: Task Force on Academics and Athletics discusses report at press conference
“I think that there are a lot of us … who would be able to compete academically if it weren’t for the hours we put into athletics,” Singer said. “I think that athletes will always face (that stereotype), just because we are held to different academic standards than non-athletes in the admissions process.”

At the press conference, Conkey said integration will mean “providing spaces where athletes and non-athletes can interact,” such as including athletes in new student orientation for nonathletes and pairing student-athletes with nonstudent-athlete roommates in the residence halls.

The report cited unique challenges for African American student-athletes on campus. The recent UC-wide campus climate survey revealed that black students felt the most disrespected of any specific group. Because at least 25 percent of African American students on campus are student-athletes, the task force called for addressing this specific issue.

Document: Final Report and Recommendations from Chancellor’s Task Force on Academics & Athletics

and see SF Chron: Cal’s plan: Inch up standards for athlete admissions
“We were talking about a handful of students who most likely didn’t fail but just gave up,” said interim Athletic Director Michael Williams. “We as an institution had probably failed them in not providing the services that were necessary to make their experience at Cal, the meaningful, engaged experience it should be.”

and includes:
Faculty a bit dubious

But some faculty members were dubious that it could achieve that goal.

The proposed SAT cutoff scores are below average for all students who take the test, which is 496 for verbal and 514 for math, said Michael O’Hare, who teaches public management at the Goldman School of Public Policy and has read the task force report.

“If the SAT is any kind of measure of ability to do college work, I would not recommend an applicant with those scores go to Cal, which is a way-above-average student intellectual environment,” he said.

And if the applicant spends as much time on the field as is usually required for football and men’s basketball rather than studying, he said, “this just sounds like a recipe for heartbreak and frustration.”

and a round up of other links -see here- includes
Task force issues report on academics and athletics (Cal Athletics press release)
Message from Chancellor Dirks (PDF)
Chair’s cover letter (PDF)
Task force letter from Mike Williams (PDF)
Final report (PDF)
Recommendations and timeline (PDF)
Athletic admissions policy — guiding principles (PDF)

Some local coverage

but Cal access to the video of the full press conference is not to be found here -or anywhere??

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