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

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Overview

"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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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune - Mark Luce
Reclaiming the Game paints a disappointing picture of the negative influences of college athletics. . . . Bowen and Levin demonstrate repeatedly that recruited athletes get preferential treatment in admissions despite lower SAT scores, underperform academically throughout college, choose easier majors and graduate at a lower percentage. . .. [A]s the athletic-academic gap grows, the need for visionary leadership from college presidents becomes more pressing. Reclaiming the Game provides an excellent blueprint to do exactly what its title suggests.
Commonweal - John Savant
A work of extensive research, impressive statistical analyses, and excellent writing.
Academe - Murray Sperber
In the comprehensiveness of its research and the solidity of its argument, Reclaiming the Game breaks new ground and probably will become the most influential book in the field for many years. . . . Unlike other proposals for the reform of college sports, Bowen and Levin's do not exist in a vacuum but have been tested in the real world. They actually work.
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"Reclaiming the Game paints a disappointing picture of the negative influences of college athletics. . . . Bowen and Levin demonstrate repeatedly that recruited athletes get preferential treatment in admissions despite lower SAT scores, underperform academically throughout college, choose easier majors and graduate at a lower percentage. . .. [A]s the athletic-academic gap grows, the need for visionary leadership from college presidents becomes more pressing. Reclaiming the Game provides an excellent blueprint to do exactly what its title suggests."--Mark Luce, Chicago Tribune

"A work of extensive research, impressive statistical analyses, and excellent writing."--John Savant, Commonweal

"In the comprehensiveness of its research and the solidity of its argument, Reclaiming the Game breaks new ground and probably will become the most influential book in the field for many years. . . . Unlike other proposals for the reform of college sports, Bowen and Levin's do not exist in a vacuum but have been tested in the real world. They actually work."--Murray Sperber, Academe

"Rooted in convincing data, this powerful, thought-provoking work will likely receive wide national attention and will have a substantial impact on campus discussion."--Library Journal

Chicago Tribune
Reclaiming the Game paints a disappointing picture of the negative influences of college athletics. . . . Bowen and Levin demonstrate repeatedly that recruited athletes get preferential treatment in admissions despite lower SAT scores, underperform academically throughout college, choose easier majors and graduate at a lower percentage. . .. [A]s the athletic-academic gap grows, the need for visionary leadership from college presidents becomes more pressing. Reclaiming the Game provides an excellent blueprint to do exactly what its title suggests.
— Mark Luce
Commonweal
A work of extensive research, impressive statistical analyses, and excellent writing.
— John Savant
Academe
In the comprehensiveness of its research and the solidity of its argument, Reclaiming the Game breaks new ground and probably will become the most influential book in the field for many years. . . . Unlike other proposals for the reform of college sports, Bowen and Levin's do not exist in a vacuum but have been tested in the real world. They actually work.
— Murray Sperber
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691123141
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/21/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,047,137
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

William G. Bowen is President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and former President of Princeton University. He is coauthor of "The Shape of the River" and "The Game of Life" (both Princeton). A former All-American collegiate athlete, Sarah A. Levin is a doctoral student at the Harvard School of Public Health and a research associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She completed her undergraduate work in mathematics at Harvard, where she was an All-American collegiate athlete.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Pt. A Athletes on Campus Today
Ch. 2 Recruitment of College Athletes 43
Ch. 3 The Admissions Advantage 57
Ch. 4 Athletes in College: Academic Credentials, Athletic Participation, and Campus Culture 85
Ch. 5 Academic Outcomes 116
Ch. 6 Academic Underperformance 145
Pt. B Forces Creating the Athletic Divide
Ch. 7 Orbits of Competition: The Role of the Conference 173
Ch. 8 The Widening Athletic Divide 196
Ch. 9 The Athletic Divide in Context 219
Pt. C The Higher Ground: A Reform Agenda
Ch. 10 Retaking the High Ground 243
Ch. 11 Reform at the Institutional and Conference Levels: Recruiting, Admissions, and Coaching 262
Ch. 12 Reform at the Institutional and Conference Levels: The Athletic Program 280
Ch. 13 Reform at the National Level 303
Ch. 14 Achieving Change 316
Summary 327
Notes 333
List of Figures 405
List of Tables 411
Appendix Tables 415
References 453
Index 467
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