Colleges' physical education expectations sink for students

Dive Summary:

  • A new study published by the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport asserts that only 39% of four-year colleges said they demanded that students to meet physical education requirements, down from around two-thirds in the 1990s and '80s.
  • The study was based on the analysis of the websites of 354 randomly selected schools, USA Today reports.
  • The shift comes as schools shift away from requiring students to take classes outside of their majors, Steve Mitchell, president-elect of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, indicated.

From the article:

"... The new study, published in Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, does not address why colleges are dropping the requirements. But one big factor is the broader shift away from requiring students to take many classes outside their majors, says Steve Mitchell, president-elect of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. He is a physical education professor at Kent State University in Ohio, which has no physical education requirement. ..."

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