College Admissions: Balancing Athletic Performance With Academic Excellence

College Admissions: Balancing Athletic Performance With Academic Excellence


How does uh Boston College try to balance
that uh test with respect to both excelling in academics which obviously is principally
why the many of your most of your athletes are here and uh athletic performance because
uf you have boosters you have everyone that wants to be able to say the team is doing
great but at the end of the day you’re dealing with twenty year olds twenty two year olds
who academics is uh their primary uh responsibility well the intellectual development of our students
is always gonna be uh primary focus of what we’re doing but at the same time we really
believe that this is an athletic curriculum in the hands of very talented coaches and
there’s a strong developmental component in participating in athletics and so the integration
of that athletic experience and the academic experience we believe can really maximize
student formation the key is having coaches who recruit students who can thrive in this
environment and it’s not for everybody but we feel like there is a an elite group of
students out there who can really come to Boston College fully engage the experiences
here and leave here prepared to lead in whatever endeavors they choose what makes a great student
athlete it really is a combination of things it’s their experience K through twelve it’s
their preparation it’s it’s people who have been around them before they come to Boston
College who have shaped them and influenced them and really helped them to find their
their core values and when those values align with an institution like Boston College and
their athletic performance and their intellectual and academic profile I think those things
really help define what Boston College is looking for in terms of a great athlete uh
it’s not exactly related we have a trial advocacy team and what I’ve noticed is that for many
of those students the ones that have played competitive sports earlier in their life and
especially at college have the drive to excel that they see in academics as well especially
at this institution I would imagine that you not only grab great athletes but you do grab
great students because of the academic demands in this institution oh no question our coaches
do a great job of identifying students who can thrive in this environment and to your
point there are a lot of attributes you acquire through your athletic experience and how those
transcend other endeavors that you engage can really uh contribute to your growth and
formation when you uh are recruiting athletes are they generally held to the same academic
admission standards as the other students in the building well the quick answer is yes
uh well we look at different profiles of course just like other aspects of the institution
athletics has nothing to do with admissions at Boston College that’s run by our college
of admissions despite what the coaches sometimes may want you to do yeah uh no coach at Boston
College wants to bring a student in here who can’t thrive in this environment uh any coaches
that are doing that are really exploiting the student for their athletic ability uh
huh that’s not the culture that exists here now as they work through the admissions process
uh at what point then do you start to look at uh potential scholarships and things along
the way coaches are really identifying students sometimes as early as their freshman and sophomore
year in high school and looking at their academic engagement at that point in time along with
their athletic ability when you identify students you know sophomore junior year you really
have a good uh snapshot of what they’re capable of doing intellectually as well as what they
need to do intellectually to finish out their high school education and so that pool may
be small what’s the message that you would want to get across to those of us sports fans
that are interested in both academics graduation rates as well as the performance of the teams
themselves boston College is one of the top ranked schools in the country regardless whatever
ranking system you look at of those top ranked schools in the country there are only thirteen
that compete in the power five conferences at the highest level of the NCAA our student
athletes every day are competing against some of the brightest minds in the world in their
classrooms while every week competing against some of the greatest amateur athletes the
world has to offer there aren’t a lot of schools that provide that opportunity and let me ask
you a little bit about the graduation rates because I know at Miami the graduation rates
were impressive while you were the athletic director Boston College has always done very
well in that regard as well is that a matter of some pride to you in your performance both
at Miami Ohio and here a big focus of our department is retention in graduation of our
student athletes particularly across the distribution of majors uh our most recent focus interestingly
we’re we’re trying to really hone in on uh career and job placement opportunities for
our student athletes so one of our department goals is now to place a high percentage of
our student athletes in careers that they’re excited about and passionate about before
they graduate and so we’re connecting them with the BC network which is vast what’s the
message that you would want to tell to the student athlete who might be thinking that
jeez BC is uh uh on my list but maybe it’s a little too academically rigorous for me
or maybe they’re uh performance isn’t quite what I would want if I went down to Alabama
or one of those football factories we compete at the highest level of the NCAA and you’re
gonna graduate from one of the most prestigious schools in the country and oh by the way we’re
in this really cool city so you’re gonna combine some great attributes and have a wonderful
experience and our coaches are gonna care about you as an athlete but they’re gonna
care about you on and off the field and develop you holistically This excerpt is brought to
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