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Questions to the President
Faculty Council Meeting, January 26, 2009

From Dan Freed (professor, mathematics)

I have the following question for the president: Please comment on how you expect the growing global financial crisis to affect the university. What will be the effects in the remainder of this academic year? What are the most important issues before the legislature in the upcoming session which will affect the university financially? What cutbacks do you anticipate over the next few years?


From Tom Palaima (professor, classics and UT COIA representative)

HERE IS A QUESTION FOR THE PRESIDENT THAT I HOPE HE WILL ANSWER AFTER CONSULTING WITH APPROPRIATE PARTIES IN OUR NCAA PROGRAMS

Working from official athletics program reports for 2006-7, UT and two peer competitors (in academic quality and big-time sports programs) have the following comparisons:

UT
11 sports 511 participants TOTAL UGRADS 33,063 1 NCAA athlete per 64.7 students
OhioSU
18 sports 849 participants TOTAL UGRADS 34,982 1 NCAA athlete per 41.2 students
UMich
16 sports 763 participants TOTAL UGRADS 24,631 1 NCAA athlete per 32.2 students With its revenues of over $125 M and with a surplus reserve, why does not UT offer more NCAA athletics experience to more students?

With its revenues of over $125 M and with a surplus reserve, why does not UT offer more NCAA athletics experience to more students?