Thursday, December 08, 2005

Every Little Thing Counts


Part III in the New York Times series on recruiting in small college athletics ran in Sunday's editions. Links to the stories can be found below.

Haverford Debates Impact of Athletics
"With a duck pond at its main entrance, a nature trail encircling the campus and more than 1,400 labeled trees and shrubs defining the grounds of its arboretum, Haverford College hardly looks like a jock school. The athletic fields are tucked at the back of campus. The college dropped football more than 30 years ago. And of the 21 sports Haverford does play, only the men's and women's cross-country and track teams would be called powers, albeit in N.C.A.A. Division III. Still, a contemporary debate has arisen on campus."

In Winnowing the Candidates at Haverford, Every Little Thing Counts
"Wherever he goes, Jess Lord, the dean of admissions and financial aid at Haverford College, says he hears the same thing: An athletic career is a good way to improve your chances of getting into an elite college. It is no myth."If you're an athlete and can get a coach to support you, there's your concrete hook in admissions," Lord said in an interview in November at his office on campus. "It's true. Just like it's true that living in North Dakota is a hook because we seek geographic diversity. It's also true that there's a hook for brilliant 17-year-old physicists and pianists. But those are the less observable paths in the admissions process. And that's the problem. People like the idea of something concrete.""

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