Spurred on by tougher NCAA regulations that now punish schools for poor academic performance, a growing number of colleges and universities are investing in computers, software, tutoring, and other support services to help student-athletes succeed. But this increased spending has raised concerns among some faculty members who question why athletes should get special attention--and why other students shouldn't.

The last five years have seen an astounding jump in the time, money, and resources devoted to academic support for student-athletes, even as some faculty members complain that just plain students are being left behind. To learn more about the trend, the Associated


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