Discussion: Academic Purpose of Universities

Discussion: Academic Purpose of Universities

Discussion: Academic Purpose of Universities

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Are college sports compatible with the academic purpose of universities?

1. Provide an introduction paragraph that clearly identifies your position, and a brief summary of why this (compatibility) is debated.

2. Support your position by exploring 3 of the topics/points listed below (one paragraph per topic/point). Make sure you use support from the readings and outside resources (depending on your chosen points) to develop your arguments. (Also make sure that your arguments reflect your overall position – that college sports are/are not compatible with the academic purpose of universities.)

Base your arguments on 3 of the following points (must select 3 and develop your support for each of the 3 – your support substantiates your argument):

Special admissions
Direct/indirect benefits or consequences to the university
Direct/indirect benefits or consequences to the students (non-athletes)
Recruiting/offer of scholarships
Legal issues: amateurism
Legal issues: tort/criminal
Treatment of athletes (academic/health and safety)
Title IX
Revenues/expenses of athletic departments
Other (pick your own, but make sure it matters)

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.