Integration of Athletics and Academics

Survey of Best Practices at FBS Schools

Authors

  • John Spicer Nichols Penn State University in collaboration with the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Thomas F. Corrigan Penn State University in collaboration with the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Marie Hardin Penn State University in collaboration with the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1123/jis.4.1.107

Abstract

The Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA), an alliance of 57 university faculty senates, was founded in 2002 to provide a faculty voice in the national discussion about how to best maintain academic integrity in big-time college sports. COIA’s most recent white paper, Framing the Future: Reforming Intercollegiate Athletics (2007), proposes best practices for individual universities to help ensure that college sports are more fully integrated into their academic goals, values and missions. Reported here are the results of a national survey that gauged the extent to which COIA’s best practices have been adopted by schools participating in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The findings suggest that big-time athletics programs have a number of underutilized tools at their disposal that can assist them in protecting core academic values and standards at universities competing at the highest level of intercollegiate sport.

Author Biographies

John Spicer Nichols, Penn State University in collaboration with the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics

Nichols is a professor emeritus, Corrigan is a PhD candidate, and Hardin is an associate professor, at John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, College of Communications, Penn State University, University Park, PA.

Thomas F. Corrigan, Penn State University in collaboration with the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics

Nichols is a professor emeritus, Corrigan is a PhD candidate, and Hardin is an associate professor, at John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, College of Communications, Penn State University, University Park, PA.

Marie Hardin, Penn State University in collaboration with the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics

Nichols is a professor emeritus, Corrigan is a PhD candidate, and Hardin is an associate professor, at John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, College of Communications, Penn State University, University Park, PA.

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Published

2011-06-01

How to Cite

Nichols, J. S., Corrigan, T. F., & Hardin, M. (2011). Integration of Athletics and Academics: Survey of Best Practices at FBS Schools. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 4(1), 107–120. https://doi.org/10.1123/jis.4.1.107