Keep in mind that student-athletes are not employees of the university, rather they are students first and athletes second. The university can indeed make money from the sports programs; however, for those that do, the money simply goes back into the athletic program to fund the non-revenue sports (24). In fact, every year the NCAA sponsors over 80 national championships in three divisions, demonstrating the range and depth of their organization (20). While it is true that the champion in football and men’s basketball (and most other sports for that matter) seem to come from a relatively small pool of universities, it might be safe to assume that paying athletes would create an even bigger disparity since so few universities actually make money. Let’s face it, we are an underdog-loving country, and paying athletes would all but ensure that teams like Butler University, who made it to the Final Four in consecutive tournaments (2010 and 2011), will never do it again.
Previous posts on the Common Application changes include a feature discussing the new prompts and word-limits , and Q&A’s with Common Application Director of Outreach Scott Anderson ; Common App Outreach Advisory Committee member Ralph Figueroa , Dean of College Guidance at Albuquerque Academy; Wayne Locust and Nathan Fuerst from Admissions at University of Connecticut ; and Vanderbilt University’s Dean of Admission Douglas Christiansen . Next up: our Q&A with Jeannine Lalonde, Senior Assistant Dean of Admission at University of Virginia.