NESCAC retweeted an article from Inside Higher Ed summarizing a report that addresses violations of NCAA Division III policy:
“The report finds that 10 institutions violated the division’s financial aid regulations in 2010-11. Five of those colleges were found to have considered athletics participation in the awarding of leadership grants. The others were revealed to have had an unjustified difference in how they awarded aid to athletes and non-athletes. This is the highest number of violators since 2007-8, when 12 institutions were found to have committed financial aid violations.”
None of those institutions were from the ‘Cac. However, I found comments beneath the article by U of Rochester’s Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid (also not in violation) to be thought- provoking:
The unintended and serious consequence is devaluing one of the most significant aspects of some young people’s lives. Many people at liberal arts colleges and some other D-III schools wonder how they will attract enough men in particular; they might start by looking at policies which suggest that four-five hours of activity per day are meaningless in the hunt for scholarships.
A process that rewards everything else ahead of athetics–chess and a 9th AP course and flinging burgers and washing test tubes and a monthly Spanish club meeting at lunch–gets exactly what it asks for. The practices are negotiated and we abide by them, but I think those who consider them inviolate and purely beneficial might remain open to fresh dialogue about alternatives. Let’s all send out squash-playing ethicists to the table to discover if we are capable of degrees of moral analysis beyond “slippery slope.”