November 16. 2009


A. Report from the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Women (IACW).

Professor Mary Steinhardt (kinesiology and health education and IACW chair) announced that she and Professor David Fowler, who chairs the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Men (IACM), would present a joint report. She introduced the following guests to the Council: Mr. Deloss Dodds, men’s athletic director; Ms. Chris Plonsky, women’s athletic director; Dr. Randa Ryan, senior associate athletics director for student services; and Mr. Brian Davis, assistant athletics director for football academic services. Professor Steinhart said she wanted to make the following three points to begin the presentation:

  1. The athletics councils have great pride in the “disciplined excellence” and outstanding performance of the athletics department.
  2. Members of both athletics councils take the input and concerns of the faculty about the athletic programs very seriously and welcome the opportunity to answer faculty questions; she suggested that a specific forum could be created for this communication to occur.
  3. She was pleased to announce that the athletics department planned to host a luncheon at the new faculty orientation program next fall; she said the commitment to academic performance by athletics would be emphasized at the luncheon and she hoped to include the Academy of Distinguished Teachers in this event.

Professor Steinhart reported that this year’s faculty representatives on the women’s athletics council are Professors Isabella Cunningham (advertising), Larry Carver (English), Robert Prentice (business law), and Barbara White (dean of social work). She then gave the first part of the PowerPoint presentation, which is included in Appendix A.

She explained that the Academic Progress Rate (APR), which is required by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), is determined by counting one point for eligibility and a second point for retention for each team member. She illustrated this measure using the women’s basketball team where there are eleven athletes and therefore a basis of twenty-two points. If one of the athletes is not retained, then one point is lost, and the resulting score would be calculated as follows: (21/22) x 1000 = 954. If that athlete were also ineligible, the calculation would be (20/22) x 1000 = 909. The NCAA has set 925 as a cut off and bases penalty assessment on the multi-year measure over a four-year period. After covering the information on slides 1-24 of the PowerPoint presentation, Professor Steinhart described the overall academic performance of the women athletes as “exceptional.”

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