Stephen Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions, said student-athletes are subject to the same admissions processes as other students and are also subject to additional scrutiny.
“The Advisory Committee on Undergraduate Admissions is not in charge of that responsibility, neither is the Committee on Special Talent, neither is any other faculty or any other administrator,” he said. “By University policy, the admissions office makes admissions decisions, and that’s true for student-athletes, no less for any other student.”
the meeting opened up to a discussion of the extent of how representative GPA is of students’ educational experiences. There was strong dissent among committee members as the discussion turned from athletic to academic.
Farmer said there has been a significant decrease in the number of student-athletes admitted with predicted grade point averages of less than a 2.3 from 2006 to 2015. According to Farmer’s data, 29 out of 157 students in 2006 had predicted GPAs below 2.3, compared to only nine out of 152 in 2015.
“Different people can have different opinions about this change, of course, but these are the facts,” he said. “They’re apples to apples comparisons from year to year.”