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Georgia Tech Lowering Student-Athlete Requirements

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Will Georgia Tech's new student-athlete programs equal more wins? Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images.
Will Georgia Tech's new student-athlete programs equal more wins? Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images.

There have been deep discussions about the academic requirements for student-athletes in recent years.

This is not a black student vs. white student discussion. This is about student-athletes of every background, color, ethnicity and economic standing. Colleges and universities including Georgia Tech are considering lowering academic standards to stay competitive in sports. When it comes to dollars and funding, sports is a gigantic money machine for the NCAA and educational institutions throughout the country. In order to attract the best talent to prestigious universities, athletic departments are becoming more and more interested in offering lower academic courses and requirements to stay competitive and produce dollars.

Georgia Tech, one of the leading institutions in technology and education, is stuck between lowering expectations in the classroom while creating an impact in sports. 

A decision had to be made: Which outlook was more important? The educational pedigree of the students that attend Georgia Tech or the sports that bring fame, glory and dollars to the university? A Yellow Jacket is more than just a football player. They are athletes with top-notch degrees in chemical, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering programs.

According to Wramblin' Wreck, Georgia Tech received 17,000 freshman applications for the 2013 academic school year. Only 2,700 were accepted, and only two of these admitted applications were football athletes. The two in the freshman class represents a number significantly lower than average figure (13) rival ACC schools enrolled in 2013. The difference between Georgia Tech and the average ACC or NCAA school resides in the average Grade Point Average of the student-athletes. Georgia Tech student-athletes' average GPA is 3.90. The NCAA: 2.80. Due to these standards, Georgia Tech enrolls a lower number of student-athletes into their programs. 

In order to assist the athletic department in enrollments, Georgia Tech president Dr. G.P. Bud Peterson has requested provost Dr. Rafael Bras add new degree programs. Upon request, Georgia Tech athletes will have a direct path toward earning a bachelor of arts in history, society and technology. Is this a sign of Georgia Tech putting the cash cow of sports before academics or simply evening the playing field with other ACC and NCAA athletic competition?