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MICH. PROFESSOR-ATHLETES
(2008-03-17)
(wgvu) - THE ANN ARBOR NEWS REPORTS THAT MANY
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ATHLETES APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN STEERED TO
COURSES TAUGHT BY A VETERAN PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR.
THE NEWSPAPER SAYS THAT SOMETIMES THAT WAS TO BOOST GRADE-POINT
AVERAGES TO KEEP THEM ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE.
UNIVERSITY RECORDS OBTAINED BY THE NEWSPAPER IN ITS SEVEN-MONTH
INVESTIGATION SHOW JOHN HAGEN HAS TAUGHT AT LEAST 294 INDEPENDENT
STUDY COURSES FROM THE FALL 2004 TO FALL 2007, AND 85 PERCENT OF
THOSE COURSES WERE WITH ATHLETES.
SINCE AUGUST 2006, UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS TWICE HAVE EXAMINED
WHETHER HAGEN'S COURSES MEET MICHIGAN'S ACADEMIC STANDARDS -- BUT
FOUND HIS COURSEWORK LEGITIMATE AND WORTHY.
HAGEN DISAGREES WITH CLAIMS THAT HIS COURSES WERE SOMETIMES USED
BY ACADEMIC SUPPORT STAFF TO BOOST THE GRADE-POINT AVERAGES OF
ATHLETES IN DANGER OF BECOMING ACADEMICALLY INELIGIBLE TO COMPETE.
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