GOING BIG TIME

In post- production

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American higher education is struggling to balance academics and athletics, and Rutgers University, once a small colonial college, is no exception. Spurred by the University’s decision to enter the NCAA’s Big East Conference, Going Big Time shines a light on the growing issue by engaging and investigating the experiences of a vast web of people connected to the University over the last 20 years - politicians, journalists, athletic directors, football alumni, students, boosters, professors, and fans. With advocates from both sides of the argument, the film provides a fair and detailed inspection into the tradeoffs, costs, and compromises between athletics and academics . Through the lens of one of the country’s oldest academic institutions, Going Big Time examines ways to resolve the issues found at Rutgers with the hope of extrapolating solutions to the benefit of colleges and higher learning institutions around the country.