Category Archives: conference realignment

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U. of Memphis to Revisit Athlete Admissions Policies in Response to Article

The University of Memphis plans to revisit its admissions policies for athletes in response to a recent Chronicle article detailing the academic path of a fifth-year senior who started college with severe reading challenges.

Shirley Raines, the university’s president, has established a committee of faculty members to design a study that will evaluate the current admissions and evaluation process, she told the Commercial Appeal, a local newspaper.

Raines wants to make sure the university is on tr…

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Does Switching Athletics Conferences Lead to Academic Gains?

Colleges change their athletic-conference affiliation for all sorts of reasons, but it’s mostly to make more TV money and move up the perceived ladder of prestige. It’s rare to hear anyone talk about the academic impact.

But switching leagues, it turns out, often enhances an institution’s ability to attract and retain high-quality students. Those are among the findings from a paper to be presented on Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Association for Institutional Research.

In fact, many of th…