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Intercollegiate Athletics and the American University


reviewed by Michael Mahan 2002

coverTitle: Intercollegiate Athletics and the American University
Author(s): James J. Duderstadt
Publisher: University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor
ISBN: 0472111566 , Pages: 331, Year: 2000
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James Duderstadt writes a very interesting book on the current state of affairs in intercollegiate athletics in America today. While most of the current articles that are exploring big time athletic corruption take the athletic programs to task for the state of college athletics, James Duderstadt takes a step back from his role as a college administrator to critically analyze the situation. He looks at the complexity of the three internal major university administrative forces and the primary external organization. Internally there is a shared responsibility that has been forsaken by the faculty, the governing board, and most importantly the president of the university. There is enough anecdotal evidence and historical documentation to present a case of neglect by the people at the university who have been charged with safekeeping the higher educational system. In the early 1980s college athletics enjoyed a tremendous growth that was unchecked by the internal forces that were placed there for the purpose of control. The entertainment value of athletics far outweighed... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 70-71
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10738, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 10:33:58 AM

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  • Michael Mahan
    Rutgers University
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    Michael Mahan, a 30-year veteran in the area of academic support of student-athletes, is currently the Associate Director of Athletics at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey. Previously, Dr. Mahan worked at Auburn University and at Ball State University. Dr. Mahan earned an Ed.D. in Science Education from Ball State University in 1986 and has taught a variety of biology courses at the collegiate level. His research has focused on the effects of vigorous physical stress on the immune system. Dr. Mahan is currently serving his second elected term on the National Board of Academic Advisors for Athletes (N4A).
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