The World Campus of Pennsylvania State University has entered into an agreement with the National Football League Players Association that will present educational opportunities for former players who did not complete their degrees while in college.
Players who have accumulated credits from another university and want to complete their degree will be advised on transferring those credits to an online degree program through the World Campus of Penn State. Or players who want to start on a new undergraduate or graduate degree program will have the opportunity to choose from 125 online academic programs. Under the agreement, former NFL players will have access to tutoring and career counseling.
Craig Weidemann, vice president for outreach and vice provost for online education, stated “Penn State is excited to welcome the NFL Players Association as a partner, and the university is committed to helping these players complete their college degrees so they can be successful in their careers off the field.”
The agreement is of particular importance to African Americans. Blacks make up two thirds of all players in the National Football League.