A CNN study on the large academic achievement gap between college athletes and their peers at major universities found many students that could only read at an eighth grade level, and others who reportedly needed help sounding out multisyllabic words. One learning specialist describes fake classes and the more subtle cheating that often takes place: “Isn’t it all cheating if I’m sitting at a table with a kid who can’t read or write at college level and pulling a paper out of them? Is this really legitimate? No.”