Field of Dreams
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Department Director of Academic Services Kim Barger says she would
love to have had a class the caliber of UCLA’s special admits
in her previous jobs.
special admits look a lot different than other people’s,”
she says. “Most schools would kill for those kinds of profiles.
UCLA is not for everybody. It takes a special person to be able
to compete at this level athletically and academically. I don’t
think UCLA is willing, either as an institution or as an athletic
department, to sell out.”
its higher academic standards may rule out some prospects, UCLA’s
academic tradition attracts others.
not a better school in the country when it comes to combining academics,
athletics and social opportunities,” says Michael Sondheimer
’77, associate athletic director for recruiting.
standards set by UCLA and other top-tier institutions seem to be
taking hold nationwide. Beginning in August, all NCAA student-athletes
will have to meet significantly higher standards for eligibility
and academic progress. Such a change should help to reduce the academic/athletic
divide between UCLA and some of its competitors.
it closes that competitiveness gap or not, Wooden says it doesn’t
really matter. What’s important, he believes, is for the institution
and its programs to continue reaching and emphasizing those things
that are within its control.
never cease trying to be the best you can be,” he says. “That’s
under your power and the other things aren’t.”
simple truth. What a difference between the hype of a win and the
satisfaction of true success.