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  • By Bruce Svare
    Mar 21, 2016
    Are you interested in truth telling about the shameful manner in which faculty and administrators enable the academic corruption that has been institutionalized in intercollegiate sports? Then you need to read this book. Are you interested in learning about the only realistic solution to the problem: disclosure of grades grouped by course and instructor. Then you need to read this book. Jon Ericson, former provost at Drake University, is the only one who has ever articulated the problem and the remedy for the continued exploitation of athletes at the big time college level. This book should be required reading for every faculty member, faculty athletics representative (FAR), dean, provost, president and governing board member. The corruption in college athletics is not about coaches bending the rules. It is instead about the systematic enabling of academic corruption by faculty who are friends of the athletics department. We all go along with the corruption in college sports because... More > we are not willing to call out the perpetrators through disclosure. Faculty members and administrators need to stand up for academic integrity. Disclosure is the only remedy for cleaning up the academic corruption that is so pervasive in big time college sports. Ericson has had it right all along. It is time to listen to him.< Less
  • By Frank G. Splitt
    Mar 10, 2016
    By Frank G. Splitt March 10, 2016 A TINY MASTERPIECE Jon Ericson's tiny book is a masterpiece of singular focus on the lack of disclosure as the root cause of the endemic academic corruption behind the lucrative professionalized college sports business. Ericson says his book is for the desktops of college and university officials: presidents, provosts, deans, and board members. All of these officials, like Ericson's "sleeping faculty," love their jobs and are not about to jeopardize the welfare of their families. They also love the perks and prestige via affiliation with their school. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that any of these officials would push for the corrective action (disclosure) proposed by the author There is simply too much revenue that would be put at risk, not to mention the need to deal with consequential nasty blow-back from colleagues, friends, family, and alums. The lack of disclosure has not only enabled the professionalization of college sports and... More > brought academic corruption to our nation's colleges and universities, but also brought money-focused presidents who view sports programs as an economic necessity and undergraduate education as an expensive nuisance. Sadly, school officials are not likely to take the book seriously. Those who love their college and university simply don't love their schools enough to initiate or participate in corrective action. Ericson's book, like my 30-year odyssey of reform initiatives, can be characterized by a 1513 quote from Niccolo Machiavelli that I used in the Odyssey's introduction, to wit: “…there is nothing more difficult and dangerous, or more doubtful of success, than an attempt to introduce a new order of things.”< Less
  • By Mark Mench
    Mar 8, 2016
    This is a hilarious and accurate summation of the current state of college athletics. Jon tells a great story and makes debatable though thought out arguments and recommendations. I am a tough audience but I found myself laughing out loud and really thinking about what I was reading. Well worth your time.
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March 4, 2016
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.09 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
4.25 wide x 6.88 tall
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