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Athletics on college campuses is not only one of the oldest traditions in higher education but also one of the oldest programs offered to students. The primary goal of this ASHE Reader is to provide a forum for discussion and analyses about the unique characteristics of sports and athletics participation in higher education. This reader will explore the needs, experiences and development of the American college student athlete and the political roles that sports and athletics play on college campuses. With a multidisciplinary approach, this reader examines the issues that face American college student athletes and sports in higher education by publishing the work and ideas of scholars and others interested in understanding the socio-political, historical, administrative, and developmental context of athletics in higher education and the administration of sports.