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Innovation Alert: University of Kansas Uses Creativity to Tackle Student-Athlete Classroom Attendance

The Wall Street Journal and Fox Sports reported the University of Kansas implemented an innovative way of monitoring class attendance for student-athletes. The institution hired “a brigade of senior citizens hell-bent on making sure the students on its basketball team go to class — and stay there”. Generally, athletics departments hire students to conduct classroom monitoring activities. However, the media report noted Kansas “officials recently identified a fundamental flaw. . . in that system: regular college students do not necessarily want to go to class any more than athletes do, and even the most responsible ones can be all-too-easily charmed by the most popular students on campus, some of them who are soon to be multimillionaires.” Therefore, associate athletic director Paul Buskirk “hired a retired police officer and former Marine named Don Gardner to help oversee the class-checking operation and recruit a few more senior citizens to join.” The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm applauds the University of Kansas for using creativity to address an important athletics issue.

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About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.

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One thought on “Innovation Alert: University of Kansas Uses Creativity to Tackle Student-Athlete Classroom Attendance

  1. I applaud new ideas too, since investing a love of learning in the student-athletes seems to be non-negotiable.

    Posted by theteachingwhore | February 9, 2011, 11:28 am

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