A School Decides to Downplay Athletics
Inside Higher Ed reports that Birmingham Southern College is doing something quite unusual–moving down the athletic ladder from NCAA Division I to Division III. Naturally, the athletic department is unhappy and defenders of the status quo are playing the “diversity” card by arguing that the athletes increase diversity at the school.
There are a couple of good books on the impact of college sports, which almost invariably are a big drain on resources if the accounting is done right. Check Andrew Zimbalist’s Unpaid Professionals and Murray Sperber’s Beer and Circus.
Good move, Birmingham Southern. It would be great if more colleges and universities followed suit.