What kind of example is being set at colleges where athletes are given a degree without having to actually go to class and study and learn like the non athletes do?
Sure they bring in revenue to the college, big deal! They need an education to help them earn a living after their sports careers end. The school is NOT teaching them anything but that cheating is okay.
I was on jury duty about thirty years ago. One trial was of a professor who was accused of teaching graduate students a class they needed to show they were continuing their education. The class never met, he never assigned any work, and he gave each of them an A. He said, “They are all educated and know what they need to do to pass the class“. These were college and high school teachers. We found him guilty of fraud and the “students” of his were tried at a later date.
This kind of thing is wrong and should never happen. These students are being cheated and they are cheating other students who actually do the work. I worry about the message this kind of thing sends to athletes and other students. Are they thinking that cheating is okay? Do they think, this is how the world works?
“Some of these athletes can barely read.” quoting Jake Tapper. I find him a poor example of a newsman, but in this case I agree with him. This is not something new. It is however coming to light now that a whistle blower, Mary Willingham has shined a bright light on the issue.
This is a massive scandal. What should be done to those frauds who got their college degrees fraudulently? Should their credentials be taken away? I think so. This is not fair to those who could not afford to go to college and have to work a lesser paying job because they didn’t get a degree. This is teaching people that it is okay to cheat. It is NOT okay to cheat and there should be consequences even after years.
Those are my thoughts, what are yours?