University sports

“The former Harvard University President, Derek Bok, commented in his book Universities in the Marketplace that the creeping commercialisation of higher education that he so disliked began with the development of sports in universities. As is well known, in the United States many universities give special prominence to athletes and sportsmen and women, and some of them are able to enter their chosen institution without necessarily having the required academic qualifications. Organisations such as the University Sports Program exist to help athletes find an institution that best suits their sporting abilities and interests. Universities in Ireland (and Britain) have now also begun to take a much greater interest in sport …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 November]

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