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SEC Faculty Look To Reform Academics In Athletics

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Michael Kennedy

“The fact that people involved with academics and people involved with athletics are sitting down together to discuss problems that they generate for each other is a very hopeful sign.”

-- Michael Kennedy, professor of geography and a faculty member of the UK Board of Trustees

 

May 6, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- A two-day meeting of faculty leaders from each of the 12 Southeastern Conference Schools in Nashville last week resulted in the formation of the SEC Association of Faculty Leaders and a charge to make significant reforms within intercollegiate athletics.

Michael Kennedy, professor of geography and a faculty member of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, said of the meeting, “The fact that people involved with academics and people involved with athletics are sitting down together to discuss problems that they generate for each other is a very hopeful sign.”

One of the biggest decisions coming out of the meetings was the recommendation that SEC faculty be given a greater responsibility in policy-making, in hiring and in creating steps to improve academic success of student athletes.

Among those addressing the group was Virginia Shepherd, president of the Vanderbilt Faculty Senate and co-organizer of the meeting; Mike Slive, SEC commissioner; and Myles Brand, president, National Collegiate Athletic Association.

For further information, click here or here. For complete audio coverage of the meetings, click here.


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