If it is bowl season or tournament time, the articles will appear about the poor graduation rates of student-athletes.
So, why shouldn’t a university offer a major in basketball or football? You wouldn’t be surprised to see most members of the university symphony majoring in music or the cast of a play with a drama major.
Yet, many of these liberal arts majors will find themselves unemployable in their field unless they turn to teaching.
A football player at a major NCAA football school will spend the vast majority of his time concentrating on football and trying to make it to the NFL. Why is this different from a violinist with aspirations of joining the New York Philharmonic?
You are giving a poor example, there are hundreds of performing groups/studios that would employ a violinist. Compare that to the rosters of players in the NFL or NBA. Granted there are lower tier professional sports that would soak up some of those players as well.
Also remember that many music majors actually have to learn to play several instruments not just the one they prefer. Music ed majors have to learn quite a few to the point of being able to teach others. If you wanted to create a cross sport major requiring someone to excel in 4-5 sports as well as understand the history, mechanics, and rules of all those games…sure…why not.
I still don’t think it would help simply because those who are ready leave when they are ready, whether that takes four years or one.
It wouldn’t help graduation rates one bit, wouldn’t offer anything that isn’t already being offered, and, while it might satisfy those who cry about their diploma being devalued by having the same one as an athlete, it doesn’t change the fact that (and I am making a statistic up here because I can’t find a youtube of the commercial) something like 90% of NCAA athletes don’t go pro.
A degree in wrestling or gymnastics or cross-country would be worthless. That’s why sports are EXTRAcurriculars.
What I like about this idea is that there would eventually be universities that become THE school for football/hockey/baseball/basketball/etc majors and other schools would have to eventually drop the whole sports program because the students with those career interests would go to one of the specialized sports schools (Football U, Basketball U, Croquet U, etc.). Then the schools which lost their sports programs would have to face the problem of finding something on which to spend all of that money. Football fields everywhere would be have to be turned into parking ramps, research labs, and classroom and office buildings. Utter chaos.
http://stanford.scout.com/2/355659.html Heres a cite with charts for graduation rates at many schools and in different sports. It highlights tha differences between blacks and whites at various schools.