Although athletics in college has many beneficial aspects, there are also some shortcomings that need to be brought into the light. From lecture in KIN 347 we learned that student athletes at Texas have very dismal ratings in their Graduate Success Rates (GSR), Federal Gradation Rate (FGR), and their Academic Progress Rate (APR). While some of this is accounted for because of athletes moving onto the professional level, for the vast majority of student athletes this is not the case. I understand that college athletes have packed schedules and often times have so much pressure being put on them, that adding school on top of that seems like too much, but the poor ratings of athletes graduation rates is a problem. Something needs to be done about this problem with student-athletes academics. I believe by maybe creating programs for athletes to work on their academics in the midst of all the chaos of games and practice will help them to have higher graduation rates. Things such as mandatory team study hours, or mid-semester check points on grades will encourage a better academic discipline and will hopefully solve this academic problem.
I believe that the excess of revenue in the athletic department can also be problematic. While our coaches are doing a fantastic job at what they do, they are being grossly overpaid. I believe that a good solution to this problem would be to require a certain percentage of profits from the academic department to go straight back to the university.