specific general education courses as a block schedule, and perhaps their instructor(s) would travel with them? Of all the funding suggested for athletics, none of it goes toward meeting (even indirectly) the academic needs of athletes. They need specialized equipment to compete, and maybe they need specialized equipment to learn. Can students read and study on the bus? Is there appropriate lighting on the busses? Are there lap desks? Should there be laptops on the busses? Wireless connectivity at hotels? On the bus? Can course sessions be captured on video or audio? Can my lecture be downloaded to iPods? Could students on teams that start practicing in August take a course before Fall term 1 starts?
Response: The athletics department would be in favor of the opportunity to take classes on online, however with the university structure with the extended, online and residential campuses student athletes are not allow to be enrolled in an online course as it does not count toward his or her full time enrollment.
Most certainly student athletes do and can study on buses and at hotels. When we are on the road for extended periods the teams conduct mandatory study table sessions all the time.
We would support online or video presentations. Laptops can be taken on the road and most hotels that we book have free wireless hookups.
Some courses may be best taught in the face-to-face environment. Can these courses be taught on schedules that would enable any athlete in any sport to take them?
Response: We believe this is currently happening through the advising process and by faculty utilizing the myUIU portal and other means to accommodate all students.
Through addressing the needs of student-athletes in managing their dual priorities, UIU would go a long way towards shaping them as global citizens (and might improve their CLA scores, too.)
Okay, enough of that. I notice that the plan to play an exhibition basketball game overseas does not mention a need for travel funding. How is that possible?
Response: Fund Raising by the team and our external affairs office.
What is safer for student-athletes -- artificial turf or grass?
Response: The studies indicate because of the technology that has been developed during the past ten years the difference is negligible. The synthetics now are designed to simulate grass while keeping a uniform surface whether wet or dry.
The inclement weather causes more injures due to the instability of the natural surface as it breaks down due to the wet weather conditions.