Skip to comments.Stanford drops list of 'easy' classes for athletes
Posted on 03/08/2011 9:47:58 PM PST by thecodont
A drama class in Beginning Improvising and another in Social Dances of North America III were among dozens of classes on a closely guarded quarterly list distributed only to Stanford athletes to help them choose classes.
The list, which has existed since at least 2001, was widely regarded by athletes as an easy class list. More than a quarter of the courses on the list did not fulfill university general education requirements.
The classes on the list were "always chock-full of athletes and very easy A's," said Kira Maker, a soccer player who used the list her freshman year.
Stanford officials say the list was designed to accommodate athletes' demanding schedules and have disputed that it was made up of easy courses. But officials discontinued it last week after reporters began asking about it.
Titled "Courses of Interest," the list was distributed by the Athletic Academic Resource Center. Advisers in other university departments said they were unaware such a list existed.
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Figures. Everything’s a scam nowdays folks. Probably even this “announcement” that the secret list is being abolished, is a scam.
If this is REALLY true, they can kiss their basketball and football competitiveness good-bye.
Yes, that is exactly what I mean.
Oh, and forget speed and jumping track and field events as well.
Pardon me while I curb my incredulity.
I find it highly improbable that such a list could remain a secret for ten years.
After all a good number of students will have become associate professors in that amount of time. Some of those students would have been tutors for athletes.
Real simple: all sports need to be removed from all taxpayer-supported schools at all levels.
so how many of these “courses of interest” could athletes take?
I would bet that similar lists exist in all other D1 schools.
I would have no problem with college sports if the athletes were real students and they paid their own way or received academic scholarships from non-college sources.
The key to making college sports work for the student is to make the sport a non issue economically for the college.
Sports is all about the money for colleges today. The athlete is basically an employee of the college working for slave wages.
Sure they are.
Jeez - and at my college, the athletic “guts” had to be related by word of mouth....
Just goes to show that these “elite” schools have certain advantages after all.
And the benefits of theses classes are worse than minority/womens studies?
wow..a lib bastion does something I like
be like Vandy
their players actually have to go to real school
Did they get rid of the list or the classes..?
The truth is there are lots of classes on state supported
campuses that don’t need tenured, pensioned, professors,
period. Athletes or no. Drama/voice/theater arts/race or
gender studies/all could be dropped
or added as an extra course (which are paid for by students
apart from their regular tuition)
As far as athletes are concerned, someone on this thread
mentioned that the sports should be dropped. A great idea.
Let college teams go back to students who happen to be
good at sports, rather than athletes who can fake a real
Sorry, related works, too.
To get a football scholie at Stanford requires about a 3.5 GPA, and a 3 part SAT of about 1900. Compare this to your school, college fans.
That there is a slate of 'courses of interest' represents the biggest scandal in Stanford football history-- which is no scandal at all. The Cardinal's NCAA infraction history is totally clean.
Still, the Cardinal were Orange Bowl victors, and finished ranked #4.
If any of you have a school with better football, a cleaner program, or better academics, chime in.
I didn't think so. Go Cardinal!
Plus, esteemed graduate Chelsea Clinton! Anyone else? Anyone else have a Clinton? /sarcasm
I am a Cardinal alum but find this news sad and disappointing. Admission standards or not, Stanford’s reputation is now tarnished by athletic dept encouraging athletes to take Mick courses.
One Summer at Oregon I took Production Workshop. Come to every class and help build and paint sets for the drama department and get four hours of “A”. The place was full of horny girls and few straight men. I was there so much they hired me. By the end of the Summer I had my “A” and a nice paycheck...not to mention some really great memories.
Kudos for being a squeeky clean school that has a good year every other decade.
“Figures. Everythings a scam nowdays folks. Probably even this announcement that the secret list is being abolished, is a scam.”
This stuff has been around forever. In 1968 at FSU they had one class for the football players called “Trucks and Trains” My friend somehow got registered for it and he said it was third grade. Easiest “A” he ever got.
California is allowing RACIST motivated policies in their schools??