NCAA: College survey finds support for Power 5 breakaway

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Three-fourths of college athletics leaders believe the NCAA governing structure needs major, immediate reform, and more than half of Power 5 college administrators support breaking away from NCAA Division I to form a fourth division solely made up of the division’s top 65 schools.

That’s according to a sweeping survey of college leaders this summer conducted by the Knight Commission, a longstanding independent group that promotes reforms that support the educational mission of college sports. The commission’s survey, conducted from June 18 to July 14, produced a 180-page report that provides a window into the thinking of NCAA leadership. 

Those surveyed included more than 350 college presidents, conference commissioners, athletic directors, college athlete leaders and institutionally designated faculty athletics representatives and senior woman administrators. Data for the survey’s respondent base are accurate within a 5% margin with a 95% confidence level, the commission said during a presentation Tuesday revealing the data.

Overall satisfaction with current NCAA Division I governance

Overall, the survey showed a strong attitude toward governance reform, low satisfaction with inequalities in college athletics finances and, maybe most notably, an openness for a radical restructuring of Division I’s competition levels, such as creating a new division for Power 5 programs in all sports except basketball, or separating Football Bowl Subdivision football from the NCAA.

Likelihood to support implementing proposed potential change

In fact, 61% of Power 5 administrators say they are more likely to support creating a fourth division of the NCAA that includes only Power 5 programs. Just 15% of Power 5 administrators say they are against such, with 24% being neutral. All other segments of Division I—Group of Five, FCS and non–football playing members—are categorically opposed to the Power 5 breaking away, the survey found.

Meanwhile, 44% of leaders support keeping together FBS programs but separating FBS football from the NCAA, while 31% are against that. One-quarter


Cardiff University Covid support ‘too little too late’

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‘It feels like I’ve paid £9,000 for five new friends and a couple of Zoom classes,’ says Ellie Cooper

A student who is self-isolating at Cardiff University has said coronavirus support feels “too little too late”.

Ellie Cooper, 19, is a first year International Relations student and is self-isolating with four others after a flatmate tested positive.

She said that four out of six flats in her student accommodation block are isolating due to positive cases.

Cardiff University said it was “deeply concerned” to learn of students’ experiences.

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Emails, seen by BBC Wales, sent to students by the university on Sunday, said a mobile testing unit, run by Public Health Wales (PHW), will operate at Talybont student accommodation from Monday.

It also said a university screening service for those without symptoms would begin on Tuesday and offered students a free laundry service and £20 voucher to spend in the “student marketplace”.

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Students at the Talybont South halls are having to isolate

But Ms Cooper, from Taunton, Somerset, said she felt “left in the dark” about the spread of cases in student accommodation.

She said she was unable to use the university’s coronavirus screening service last week as she was not showing symptoms, but university staff and NHS Test and Trace have told her to self-isolate.

“They should’ve had this information in place earlier, it is too little too late. So we wouldn’t have had to panic and go and look for other support,” she said.

“They should’ve known we would get corona, even if you didn’t go out lots. People interact all the time here, just going to the laundry, or at the gym,”


How Parents Can Support Teenagers in the Pandemic College Process

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Suggest your child enroll in a college class online, she said, or aid librarians by transcribing historical documents from home. Parents can talk with their children about what interests them, then encourage them to create a project, like a website or a course for their peers, around that topic, Ms. Daryanani said.

Other experts caution against pushing too hard on teens already struggling with vast changes in their lives. One way to gauge that is to think about how much you used to have to push your kid before the pandemic, said Regine Galanti, a Long Island psychologist and author of “Anxiety Relief for Teens.” “If you are someone who didn’t push, and now your teen needs pushing, there may be other dynamics going on here,” she said.

One silver lining: This moment may be an opportunity for an “equal playing field,” said Warren Quirett, an admissions counselor at a Virginia boarding school and co-leader of the African-American Special Interest Group for the National Association for College Admission Counseling. That’s because affluent families cannot give their children an advantage by paying for expensive camps and experiences, since “it’s all been canceled,” he said.

Urge your student instead to pick up a new skill, or increase their involvement in their community — anything that will pique their interest and enrich their lives, he said.

Mr. Selingo said college admissions officers are going to understand that this is not a normal year. They’ll be “really looking for a mind-set,” he said. “They want students who are creative. They are going to be asking, ‘How did students respond to this pandemic?’”

But be forewarned: with other markers of achievement in short supply, colleges will focus on what is available. “I’ve been telling my seniors,” Ms. Daryanani said, “to really pay attention to their


Fletcher Fund launches to support students from underserved communities in pursuing higher education

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Fletcher Fund launches to support students from underserved communities in pursuing higher education

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ATLANTA, Oct. 7, 2020

Funders Christian Fletcher and Amber Fletcher seek to break cycle of inequality through education

ATLANTA, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Fletcher Fund for Equality and Education announced today it will begin accepting applications in the coming months from exceptional students from underserved communities as they pursue opportunities in higher education. The fund will provide scholarships, mentorships, and other critical support to each selected student. The goal is to break down potential barriers preventing them from pursuing higher education at the top colleges and universities their achievements deserve.

The Fletcher Fund seeks to the break cycle of inequality experienced by the underserved through education.

The fund will initially focus on high schools in Mobile, Alabama, the hometown of founders Christian and Amber Fletcher, who both came from working class families, but achieved great success through higher education. Christian Fletcher and his wife Amber Fletcher are now the CEO and COO, respectively, of LifeBrite Laboratories and LifeBrite Hospital Group. Both were motivated to give back to their communities at a time when the injustices of inequality are pronounced and prominent.

“As inequalities that have hampered the U.S. for most of our history come to the forefront of public attention with undeniable clarity,” says Christian Fletcher, “we want to catalyze a generational cycle of education, wealth, and leadership that uplifts communities of mutual support.”

The couple wanted to go beyond giving scholarships, because their personal experience proves tuition alone wouldn’t be enough to set students up for success. Amber Fletcher, who attended University of Alabama at Birmingham, remembers facing many additional costs upon acceptance.

“Students in these circumstances need more than tuition,” she says. “Without


Trump, Biden each has 45% support in Florida poll

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The news cycle is jampacked with polls. But have you ever wondered how polls actually work and what they mean?


The presidential race is tied in Florida less than 30 days before the election, according to a Suffolk University/USA TODAY Network poll that shows President Donald Trump’s campaign is still highly competitive in a must-win state despite a calamitous stretch.

Trump and Democratic opponent Joe Biden each is supported by 45% of voters in the poll, while 6% of voters are undecided, and the rest support third-party candidates or refuse to say who they back.

“You can’t get any closer than a 45/45 split; it really reflects the core support of the respective bases,” says David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center.

Trump’s campaign had a series of setbacks last week, from a New York Times report that the candidate paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 to a widely panned debate performance and Trump’s positive coronavirus test, which took him off the campaign trail and put a spotlight on his virus response.

Despite the tumult, slightly more Florida voters (48%) approve of the president’s job performance than disapprove (47%), according to the poll, which largely was conducted after the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis.

VP debate Wednesday: Vice President Mike Pence campaigns despite Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis


With President Donald Trump hospitalized, Joe Biden is wishing him a speedy recovery, but urging him to “listen to scientists” and approve nationwide restrictions to stop the spread of the virus.

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“Oftentimes, politics is like mixing cement,” Paleologos says. “In the early stages of a candidate’s life or in the early stages of a campaign, the cement is fluid, but as time goes on, it hardens, and I think you have a hardening of

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