Reclaiming the Game: College Sports and Educational Values / Edition 1

Reclaiming the Game: College Sports and Educational Values / Edition 1

by William G. Bowen, Sarah A. Levin
     
 

"In Reclaiming the Game, Bill Bowen and Sarah Levin have given us a splendid sequel to The Game of Life. Their admirable analysis of the growing divide between academic values and intercollegiate athletics on our most selective college campuses is meticulous in its documentation, comprehensive in its scope, and troubling in its findings. Bowen and

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"In Reclaiming the Game, Bill Bowen and Sarah Levin have given us a splendid sequel to The Game of Life. Their admirable analysis of the growing divide between academic values and intercollegiate athletics on our most selective college campuses is meticulous in its documentation, comprehensive in its scope, and troubling in its findings. Bowen and Levin make a compelling case for reform and provide a realistic agenda for achieving it."—Frank H. T. Rhodes, President Emeritus, Cornell University

"Reclaiming the Game is a powerful, thought-provoking book that examines the intersection of intercollegiate athletics with the mission of the institution. Bowen and Levin lay out the challenges facing today's intercollegiate programs and make observations and suggestions to maintain the integrity of athletics within the context of highly selective liberal arts institutions."—Amy Campbell, Director of Athletics and Physical Education, Bryn Mawr College

"Sports play a vibrant part in American college life. The emphasis on them has gotten out of kilter, however, even at the most selective liberal arts colleges. Reclaiming the Game describes a growing gap between intercollegiate athletics and basic academic values. The book is rooted in compelling data. It will be a catalyst for understanding the facts, thinking about how to do better, and actually taking remedial action."—W. Taylor Reveley III, Dean, William & Mary Law School

"Reclaiming the Game is the rare case of a sequel that is even better than a great original. Although some sports enthusiasts will wish this new book could be ignored, it will be hard to dismiss it. Of great practical importance, this book will receive wide national attention and have a substantial impact on campus discussions."—Michael S. McPherson, President, Macalaster College

"This will become a standard reference. It develops fuller and more recent data on the academic performance of varsity athletes than ever before. The book deals especially well with the impact of increasing competition, specialization, and professionalization on coaches."—Michael MacDonald, Williams College

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691123141
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/21/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
1,155,672
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.21(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Introduction1
Pt. AAthletes on Campus Today
Ch. 2Recruitment of College Athletes43
Ch. 3The Admissions Advantage57
Ch. 4Athletes in College: Academic Credentials, Athletic Participation, and Campus Culture85
Ch. 5Academic Outcomes116
Ch. 6Academic Underperformance145
Pt. BForces Creating the Athletic Divide
Ch. 7Orbits of Competition: The Role of the Conference173
Ch. 8The Widening Athletic Divide196
Ch. 9The Athletic Divide in Context219
Pt. CThe Higher Ground: A Reform Agenda
Ch. 10Retaking the High Ground243
Ch. 11Reform at the Institutional and Conference Levels: Recruiting, Admissions, and Coaching262
Ch. 12Reform at the Institutional and Conference Levels: The Athletic Program280
Ch. 13Reform at the National Level303
Ch. 14Achieving Change316
Summary327
Notes333
List of Figures405
List of Tables411
Appendix Tables415
References453
Index467

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