Archaic Tracking of Student Athletes: The Pen and Paper Problem

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When a Google search is done for “Athletic Progress Report” seven out of the nine search results that are returned on the first page include a .pdf document. These .pdf documents are to be printed, filled out, and submitted to advisors of student athletes in higher education. Some of these reports are filled out weekly, others twice a semester, and some are only required to be filled out and submitted once a semester. What happens when those students who are only reported on once a semester become ineligible? Institutions face hefty fines for playing ineligible athletes and could even risk suspension for a season if the problem escalates.

The number-one reason young adults attend college is to earn a degree in a field of their interest; athletics should come second. This is proven by the fact that student-athletes must maintain a certain GPA to practice and play. So why is it that so many schools are allowing students to fall down the rabbit hole of academic failure?

One reason could be the cumbersome amount of paperwork necessary to track a student-athlete’s progress in the classroom. Even if the documents are only submitted once per semester, a Division One school could be tasked with reviewing 350-500 pieces of paper[1]. All of this paper work would come at one specific time as well, either in the middle of or end of a semester or both.

Another reason could be the complacency from professors and advisors. If professors only submit a their paperwork once a semester, they have to work to budget their time for all of their student-athletes. If they are required to submit documents once a week for student-athletes on top of the grading they have to do for their non-athletic students, it could create a desire to complete these forms in as little time as possible. Advisors who review the documents could face the same time-related challenges.

ACES180 solves both of these issues when it comes to tracking student-athletes in the classroom. A school that is using a pen and paper method for tracking the academic progress of student athletes could save time submitting and reviewing paperwork. Our system can be implemented without new-user training and the average submission time for a professor is seven seconds. Our site is mobile as well, meaning that professors would be able to submit information from their phones or tablets in addition to a desktop computer. ACES180 is concerned with accountability in the classroom. By creating an easier way to report on student-athlete progress, we help keep more students on the field.

[1] (https://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/Recruiting%20Fact%20Sheet%20WEB.pdf)

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