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Putting 'class' into community college athletics

Tuesday, February 6, 2001

Iowa Central Community College has had some negative attention of late with a player ineligibility case in the football program, but what those headlines don't report is the academic achievements of the ICCC sports department.

Away from home, away from the watchful eye of mom and dad, college students of all kinds will sometimes take advantage and sleep past that 8 a.m. date with learning. That's as sure as football in the fall.

But for college students who are also college athletes, going to class is more necessary than going to practice, at least that's the view taken by Iowa Central Community College coaches, because if you don't do one, you don't do the other. Getting past the public perception that college athletes are allowed more academic freedom than non-athletes is a challenge all colleges, two-year or four-year, have met with vigor.

That's why investing in a student-athlete begins with the student. In a modern sports world dominated by computer statistics, graduation percentage far outweighs field goal percentage, and coaches would just as soon brag about team GPA as winning percentage.

Iowa Central has taken the lead among community colleges with its "Early Academic Warning System," which enables coaches to address class attendance matters instantly. Going to class, school officials have determined without need of any costly surveys, has a direct and positive affect on a student's performance in that class.

Read the rest of this article in the 2/06 Pilot Tribune.

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