A chapter member noticed an article in the August 26, 2004 issue of the Washington Post titled “Varsity Athletes Get Class Credit,” and brought it to the attention of the Executive Committee. Concern was raised over the awarding of academic credit to athletes for participation in intercollegiate sports at the University of Iowa, since the article specifically mentioned our university.
Our chapter president wrote a letter to four relevant campus committees expressing our concern and urging a review of this practice and related policies. The issue was discussed at a meeting of the Academic Achievement Advisory Subcommittee of the Presidential Committee on Athletics, and a letter was sent in response that explained the current policy. No indication was given, however, that the policy will be reviewed.