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Reclaiming Academic Primacy in Higher Education: The Revised IRS Form 990 Can Accelerate the Process

The revised Form 990, “Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax,” filed by many public charities and other exempt organizations, has the potential to fully expose the Achilles’ Heel of the NCAA and its member institutions – the extremely weak, if any, educational basis for the current financial structure of big-time college sports. This would […]

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Drake Group Scholarship Proposal Adopted By NCAA

In 2004, several members of the Drake Group carried picket signs on the sidewalk in front of the Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio where the basketball coaches were staying during the Final Four. Liz Clarke from the Washington Post described the Drake members as “graying university professors trying to sell something radical. The product they’re […]

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Drake Group Co-Sponsors “Athletes Right To Know Act”

In January of 2011, the Drake Group and the National College Players’ Association (NCPA) joined forces with CT State Representative Pat Dillon to pass the College Athletes Right to Know Act in Connecticut. This legislation which was first signed into law by California Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger, requires colleges and universities to publicly disclose, among other […]

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TDG Presidents Meet with Ralph Nader to Discuss College Sports

Drake Group officers Jason Lanter, Kadie Otto, and Allen Sack met with consumer advocate Ralph Nader last summer to discuss Nader’s proposal to replace athletic scholarships with need-based financial aid in college sports. According Lanter, the immediate past president of The Drake Group, “Nader’s defense of need-based aid for athletes in big-time college sports places […]

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Washington Post Article Highlights Drake Group’s Lobbying Efforts

Washington Post Columnist Sally Jenkins made the Drake Group’s “stinging article” that appeared in Inside Higher Education the center piece of her November 10 article, It’s not that the NCAA doesn’t Know What it is Doing; It’s that the NCAA Doesn’t Know What It’s Supposed to be Doing. Jenkins referred to the Drake Group as […]

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Sports in America: Facing Up to Global Realities

One need only look at big-time (NCAA Div IA) college and university campuses where the building and expansion of football stadiums, basketball arenas, and other athletic facilities reflects the extant values and priorities at these institutions of higher education.  This building frenzy is not only symptomatic of the American public’s sports culture, but also of […]

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Reported Graduation Rates and Academic Progress Reports: Another View from the Sidelines

Without transparency, accountability, and independent oversight, there is no way of knowing what really goes on at these centers. Reported improved academic performance is problematic. Put another way, there is no basis for knowing how much of the reported improvement in academic performance of college athletes is verifiable – in the sense that quality degrees […]

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The Rutgers 1000: A Profile in Academic Courage

The formidable task of getting priorities right at Rutgers, and other schools supporting big-time football and men’s basketball programs, must be taken on by others. Reform-minded faculty members in the Rutgers 1000 will likely feel the really heavy weight of their reform lances — risking burnout when they face the defensive efforts of those opposing […]

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On the Faculty Role in College Sports Oversight: An Afterword

Aside from federal intervention, there is no way that university and college presidents, governing boards, and/or faculty members can be motivated to do whatever is necessary to eliminate academic corruption in college sports. Put another way, these parties cannot be educated and/or embarrassed to do the right thing, no matter how logical it seems to […]

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On the Faculty Role in College Sports Oversight

Valuable insights applicable to subsequent reform campaigns and the faculty role in college sports oversight were obtained via experience in the 1990s with projects related to environmental and national information infrastructure initiatives. For example, the campaign for systemic engineering education reform was the first to build on this experience.  In turn, this campaign helped guide […]

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