By: Meredith Hillgartner
A recent study from CNN has colleges across the country defending their student athletes after the study claimed many players read at a 5th grade level.
CNN requested test scores through open records requests, and three colleges in
Texas Tech was one of them.
The study shows Tech athletes scored lower on the SAT and ACT than non-athletes applying for admission.
It was the same story at neighboring schools
“The data that CNN looked at was fairly narrow in that it picked pieces of standardized test,”
He said the university looks at several factors from GPA to course load when coaches are recruiting.
“They are not only looking at the prospective athletes for their athletic talent but they also have to take a look at their academic potential,”
From the get go Shannon said academic advisers look at a student athletes background to diagnose any learning disabilities or additional tutoring programs that might be needed.
“Some take six to 12 credits in the summer and have a chance to adapt to college life, learn about study skills and get their feet wet,”
The hard work does not end once a student has gotten accepted.
The NCAA requires athletes to not just pass but progress academically in order to stay eligible for athletics.
“Certainly many times the value added of being a student at Texas Tech is something where someone can over come perhaps a challenging high school background,”
You can read the full CNN article here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/07/us/ncaa-athletes-reading-scores/