Американский студенческий спорт — еще один пробел в нашем понимании пал. Заодно и миф.

автор: Денис Песков

Я, как и многие, со скепсисом относился к "студентам", участвующим в мегапопулярных в США студенческих чемпионатах по американскому футболу и баскетболу под эгидой NCAA. Однако, по крайней мере формально, к их академической успеваемости предъявляются вполне реальные и прописанные требования:
As the governing body of college sports, the NCAA (to be discussed in greater detail later in this chapter) oversees eligibility requirements. In Division I, for example, an athlete is eligible for college sports if he or she is a high school graduate and has taken the following courses: English (4 years); Math (2 years); Natural or physical science (including at least one lab course if offered by the high school) (2 years); additional courses in English, mathematics, or natural or physical science (1 year); Social science (2 years); and additional academic courses in any of the previously mentioned areas or foreign language, computer science, philosophy, or nondoctrinal religions (e.g., comparative religion) (2 years) (Sponholz, 1997). The NCAA also recognizes a “partial qualifier” as someone who has not met all the requirements of eligibility but has graduated from high school, successfully completed a core curriculum of at least 13 academic courses in appropriate core areas, and has either a minimal acceptable GPA average or SAT (or ACT) score (NCAA Manual, 2008). A nonqualifier is someone who has not met any of the NCAA requirements needed to participate in either Division I or Division II athletics. Nonqualifiers cannot compete or participate in practices during their freshman year (Sponholz, 1997).
 
Once an athlete has been accepted to college, he or she must remain and/or maintain good academic standing in order to continue playing sports. Athletic departments at all colleges and universities keep a close eye on the academic progress of their athletes. As any college faculty member can attest, the athletic department routinely sends out academic progress reports to professors of athletes (especially those “at risk”) in order to keep abreast of the academic standing of athletes. Although the demands placed on student-athletes are often quite extreme, graduation reports routinely reveal that college athletes graduate at, or above, the rate of nonstudent-athletes (Duderstadt, 2003).

The NCAA also requires that all athletes are progressing at a “normal” rate toward graduation. In this regard, athletes must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and take a full course load that leads toward a degree. In other words, athletes cannot take one course per semester and fail. They must be a full time student working toward graduation.

Другой вопрос насколько строго к ним преподаватели относятся, а так все чин чинарем.