IESolutions recently visited Duke University, Durham NC: an elite, private university which is also a leading contender most years in the NCAA “March Madness” men’s basketball tournament. Bill Morris, in the 2/24/13 New York Times, delved into the culture of basketball at Duke. We provide this summary of his fascinating article.
Spending on athletics for marquee sports has been growing at almost the times the pace of spending on academics, the 2010 Knight Commission reported. A Duke faculty member, Charles T. Clotfelter, author of Big-Time Sports in American Universities, found in his research that there is significant academic impact by high-profile athletics:
“At colleges with teams in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, library patrons view 6% fewer articles per day as long as the team is in the tournament; on the day immediately after a team wins in an upset or a close game, library use plunges by 19%. Clotfelter also found that from 1985 to 2010, average salaries at public universities rose by 32% for full professors, 90% for presidents, and 650% for football coaches.”
Sarah C. Reese, Executive Director, Informed Educational Solutions
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