A Framework for Comprehensive Reform

University of Iowa BICOA Report

December 12, 2003


The Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA), a national network of Division I-A faculty leaders, believes that reform requires a comprehensive approach addressing five issues: (1) academic integrity, (2) athlete welfare, (3) governance of athletics at the school and conference level, (4) finances, and (5) commercialization.  Those issues are delineated in COIA’s document entitled “A Framework for Comprehensive Athletics Reform.”   This report is in response to a directive from the University of Iowa’s Faculty Senate to the University of Iowa’s Board in Control in Athletics (BICOA) to review the Framework and comment on which points of the Framework the University of Iowa conforms to, which BICOA supports, and which issues BICOA would consider problematic.


The mission of the University of Iowa’s Department of Athletics is to provide support for over 650 male and female student-athletes in 24 varsity sports so they graduate from the University while participating in broad based championship caliber athletic competition at the highest level of integrity.  The department follows eight values and commitments: education and enrichment of the student-athlete, integrity in all aspects of behavior, fiscal responsibility, innovation in approach and spirit, individual respect, valuing Iowa’s heritage, outreach, and leadership (see page 12 of this report).  The values are consistent with the Framework as outlined below.


I.  Issues of Academic Integrity

1. Initial eligibility and admissions.  The University of Iowa (UI) complies with all NCAA, Big Ten, and University policies regarding admissions.  The vast majority of student-athletes are admitted to the University by meeting all admissions standards.  A very few student-athletes are admitted under a program offered by the UI to any department that recruits students.  For this program, IowaLink, a UI committee outside Athletics (Pat Folsom, Director Academic Advising Center; Brian Corkery, Director IowaLink, Emil Rindespacher, Kathryne Bassett and Debra Miller from Admissions, and Jeanne Meyer from Support Service Programs) reviews transcripts of recruited students including student-athletes, students in the fine arts, and first generation and minority students eligible for UI’s Equal Opportunity Program (EOP).  After review per guidelines developed and approved by UI including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), the committee decides which students should be admitted through IowaLink, a program developed and overseen by UI’s Academic Advising Center (AAC) and the Office of the Provost. 


IowaLink is a mandatory two-semester program offering training in study skills, supplemental instruction, study group opportunities, and exploration of various resources available on campus for information handling.  The program began in 1995-1996 with enrollment varying from 18-42 students (2003 cohort: 18 non-athletes; 15 athletes).  IowaLink was developed as part of UI’s five-pronged approach to a Four-Year Graduation Plan that also includes College Transition, Courses in Common, College Success Seminar and OnLine@Iowa.  A 4/11/03 report from UI’s Office of the Provost describes IowaLink as “a first-year academic support program for recruited students who show potential for academic success but who do not meet UI’s admission standards…Each student works with an academic support team composed of instructional and student services personnel.” 


UI acknowledges that a very small number of athletes proceed to professional athletic careers.  IowaLink students must show academic, artistic or intellectual promise that they are capable of succeeding at the UI with graduation as the goal. 


2. Continuing eligibility.  UI conforms to this issue.  The Big Ten Conference has long had semester by semester grade point requirements which escalate with each year of eligibility. A stringent checks-and-balances system is in place including: the Office of the Associate Athletics Director for Student Services and Compliance, the Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), the Office of the Provost and the Registrar’s office.  Certification of eligibility is done on a semester by semester basis and each year the college deans or their designee signs off on academic progression of student-athletes pursuant to Big Ten rules.


Athletics Student Service staff are required to attend educational sessions to familiarize themselves with appropriate documentation as required by the Big Ten, NCAA, and UI.  This documentation is audited by UI auditors, Big Ten and NCAA staff on a rotating basis.  A monthly newsletter is sent to all athletics staff and compliance notes are distributed to coaches. A compliance webpage is available to anyone on the internet. 


3. Grading and program integrity. Academic integrity at this University is a priority and the Department of Athletics has an excellent reputation for living up to NCAA, Big Ten and UI standards.  BICOA’s Academic Achievement Advisory Committee (AAAC) is composed of four faculty members, the FAR, the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, the Senior Associate Athletics Director, the Associate Athletics Director for Student Services and Compliance and two members from the office of Athletics Student Services. The AAAC monitors academic programs for all student-athletes, personally interviews students with academic difficulties and provides those students with recommendations regarding expectations of academic progress.  Those recommendations are shared with the head coach, the Associate AD for Student Services and Compliance and the students’ academic counselor.  A description of the committee’s review schedule is provided on page 13 of this report.


Ultimately, faculty bear responsibility for academic integrity in their classrooms and BICOA supports and encourages all efforts to ensure consistency of classroom rules and conduct for all.


The COIA document recommends that “faculty at all schools should be provided with data concerning the majors…”  BICOA has asked the Department of Athletics to provide a list of majors as an annual report to BICOA.  While it may be quite appropriate for student-athletes to cluster around particular majors, data as to whether student-athletes in those majors are graduating at the same rate as students in other majors should be compiled.


4. Academic advising and related services.  Each student-athlete has a regular academic advisor assigned by the University not by the Department of Athletics. First year students and students with an open major or certain pre-professional majors are advised at the AAC Quadrangle facility, while second year students and above with a declared major are advised by their major department. It is these advisors that student-athletes must go to fill out their schedule, obtain drop/add slips etc.  Student-athletes are required to submit a four-semester course of study and must also have permission from the Department of Athletics to drop courses. Academic advisors are appointed by the University and are responsible for all academic counseling.  Athletics advisors deal with eligibility questions (which most academic advisors are not perhaps well versed in) and counsel students about balancing time and athletics, etc. Note that BICOA is involved in the hiring of the athletics advisors, as a BICOA member sits on the search committees.


Our committee recommends that AAC advisors become more familiar with the role of the athletics advisor and vice versa.  For example, a BICOA member from the Department of Mathematics meets with the AAC once a year for an hour presentation regarding the undergraduate mathematics curriculum and any changes with especial emphasis on remedial and service courses.  While athletics counselors are invited and attend AAC sessions where departmental representatives discuss changes within their curriculum, communication between AAC and Athletics is critical and BICOA recommends further interactions between the two advising units.


II. Issues of Athlete Welfare

1. The 20-hour rule.  UI adheres to NCAA playing and practice policies.  Time limits and playing seasons are reviewed within Iowa’s Student Athlete Orientation and Certification Guide and the Student Athlete Handbook.  A specific set of disclosure forms are filed directly with the Athletics Compliance Office by the student-athlete.  It is important to note that coaches are not involved in the distribution and handling of these forms and the Athletics department holds frequent educational opportunities with coaching staff concerning student-athlete hour requirements.  Student-athletes who feel overburdened by practice demands have avenues of communication and grievance through the Office of the Associate AD for Student Services and Compliance.  In addition, at the end of every academic year, student-athletes evaluate their sport program and the department’s support services.  The evaluations are multi-page surveys administered during team meetings by the Associate AD for Student Services and Compliance. 


It is evident to BICOA that UI’s Athletics Department staff continually emphasizes academics yet, at times, athletes may willingly sacrifice academics to devote countless, self-inflicted training hours to their sport.  That is their personal choice


Student-athlete input from the Vice-Chair of Iowa’s Student-Athletic Advisory Committee (ISAAC) was positive expressing the desire for the 20-hour rule to be student proactive allowing athletes individual practice time and using the mechanisms in place to address complaints.  ISAAC also indicated that most student-athletes use their time wisely.  Some participate in several community service activities including the Ronald McDonald House and literacy programs for school-aged children.  BICOA supports ISAAC’s efforts to “give back” to the community.


2. Schedules for competition. 

The Athletics Department adheres to NCAA, Big Ten and additional BICOA policies that follow the following principles:

a.  During the regular season sports schedule, a student-athlete may miss no more than eight class days per semester due to the scheduling of athletic events.  Big Ten and NCAA championships and NCAA approved post-season events do not count in the regular season sports schedule.

                        b.  Any competitions involving trips to foreign countries need to be reviewed by BICOA’s AAAC.

c.  No competitions either on-campus or off-campus, other than those scheduled by the Big Ten Conference or the NCAA, are scheduled during the weekend (Saturday/Sunday) prior to final examinations or the week of final examinations. 

d.  Travel for competition the week prior to final examinations shall be kept to a minimum.


            BICOA’s AAAC reviews schedules for all teams and presents the schedules for Board approval including total days of competition, and class days missed.  Exceptions to the above principles must be submitted to the Director of Athletics and to BICOA for approval before agreements are signed.


            3. Scholarships.  In conformity with COIA, the University of Iowa believes athletics scholarship support should not be terminated for a student who has demonstrated effort in athletics, who wishes to continue in athletics, and who has met standards of academic and personal conduct. If a scholarship is reduced or not renewed, the student-athlete may appeal through a process delineated within the appropriate handbooks.  The appeals process for athletics scholarship issues is through a University appeals committee outside of Athletics.  Summer school and fifth year aids are available but not guaranteed and also carry academic stipulations.


4. Integration in campus life.  The Athletics Department emphasizes education and enrichment of the student-athlete (Values and Commitments #1, page 12). Efforts are made to integrate student-athletes into campus life.  UI does not have athletic dormitories.  Student-athletes are required to participate in general required orientation activities.  They are informed of all campus resources available to them and Athletics Student Service staff participates in the Campus/Life Skills program on campus. 


As previously stated in Section I-4 of this document, student-athletes have academic advisors who advise them on academic affairs and help student-athletes develop a plan of study.   The athletics advisors minimize conflicts between a student-athlete’s plan of study and athletic program, and monitor eligibility requirements.  In reality, a student’s personal choice to participate in athletics competition at the collegiate level may hinder their opportunity to fully engage in campus activities (there are only 24 hours in a given day) and may impact choice of major (as some classes are taught at certain times of the day).  While this is not unique to UI, BICOA recognizes this issue may become more significant as budget shortfalls impact course offerings.


In 2003, BICOA instituted a committee specifically directed at student-athlete welfare.  A description of the committee (Student-Athlete Welfare) and its charge are included on page 14 of this document.  In addition, this past year, with input and guidance from UI’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, BICOA’s Equity Committee held focus groups for minority student-athletes and plans are in place to continue this effort.


5. Professionalization.  UI’s Athletics Department has developed evaluation criteria for coaches with expectations of rules compliance and student graduation and several head coaches have contract incentives for successful graduation of student-athletes. 


The NCAA Division I Board of Directors has completed Phase One of its reform effort aimed at strengthening academic standards (increase the number of core courses that students must complete in order to be eligible as freshmen from 14 to 16 beginning in 2008, and increase the percentage-of-degree requirements that student-athletes must attain each year to maintain eligibility).  Phase Two (in progress) includes a structure of “incentives/disincentives” whereby access to postseason competition and use of the full allotment of scholarships are directly related to teams’ annual academic performance.  Institutions will be required to calculate an annual academic progress rate (AAPR) for student-athletes on all sports teams at the conclusion of the 2003-2004 academic year and four years of data will be compiled before any incentives or disincentives would be tied to the AAPR.  The first progress report would be issued during the fall of 2005 for the previous year of academic performance and penalties tied to the AAPR would be administered during the fall of 2007.


III.  Governance Issues

1. Faculty Athletics Representative.   The NCAA requires all member institutions to employ a Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) whose duties are stipulated by NCAA bylaws within The Faculty Athletics Representative Handbook.  Iowa’s FAR is appointed by the President with input from the Faculty Senate.  The current FAR is provided with a travel budget, release time, has regular access to the President, and is an integral part of BICOA.  The current FAR is a respected UI Professor with prior years of central administration experience within the Office of the Provost.  At UI, the FAR is ultimately responsible for certification of student eligibility. 


Our committee recommends that specific guidelines for the FAR position, role, job responsibilities, and time of service be written, approved by the President’s Office and filed within the University Operations Manual and BICOA’s Operations Manual.  The FARs of the Big Ten are currently developing a conference job description, and we recommend that the University of Iowa modify this description as appropriate for our institution once the conference description is completed.


The FAR’s current responsibilities are grouped into four general areas:  The first is academic compliance (e.g. to review all UI internal audits and meet with auditing personnel as needed and to review all student-athlete transcripts on a semester by semester basis).  The second is internal to the UI (e.g. to serve as a full voting member of BICOA and to meet regularly with head coaches).  The third is external to the UI (e.g. participate in conference committees as assigned, attend annual FARA meeting). The last is background tasks (e.g. locate relevant information on a regular basis and forward to BICOA members for their education and development).


2. Athletics Governance Committee.  Consistent with the Framework,

BIOCA brings faculty, staff, administrators, and students together to advise intercollegiate athletics.  BICOA advises the President and the Director of Athletics on policies for the University’s intercollegiate athletic programs consistent with the Intercollegiate Big Ten Conference rules, the policies of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa and relevant University policies and has legislative functions with respect to matters dealing with academic integrity.  BICOA also assesses budgets and financial performance, serves to assist in the search process for coaches, academic services personnel and policy-making administrators in the Department of Athletics.  Responsibility for major personnel decisions and reviews lies with the Office of the President (consistent with Knight Commission Principle II).


3. Faculty senates.  Existing UI structure is consistent with this Framework issue.  BICOA reports to the Faculty Senate annually and when directed.  BICOA is a UI committee appointed by the President.  UI is committed to shared governance. Faculty nominations are submitted to the University President by a committee of the Faculty Senate.  As mentioned above (Item #2) BICOA also has representation from student, staff and alumni groups.  Two BICOA members are students (one is a student-athlete), nominated through ISAAC and Student Government.  Two members represent the staff and are nominated by Staff Council.  Those members report BICOA issues to their respective constituent groups annually or when directed. Alumni members of the Board are appointed by the President via the Alumni Association.


Per UI Faculty Senate description of committees, the regular term for BICOA members is 3 years.  Given the complexity of current athletic programs BICOA recommends that the Senate consider 5 year, non-renewable terms.  It would be preferable if the terms were staggered so that in any given year, no more than one-third of the members are new.  It is also imperative that the academic homes of the majority of faculty BICOA members be in departments that are heavily involved with undergraduate teaching.  This is in contrast to BICOA’s existing faculty membership majority who has academic homes within the professional schools (Dentistry-1, Law-2, Medicine-2 and Pharmacy-1).


                        4. Financial reporting principles. Existing UI structure is consistent with the Framework’s open governance process.  BICOA’s Finance and Ticket Committee is comprised of three faculty members; the Department of Athletics’ Development and Finance Officers, and the Associate AD in charge of men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, rowing, men’s and women’s track, softball and event management; and a budget specialist (the Asst VP for Finance & Operations) appointed by Central Administration.  The Finance and Ticket Committee reviews and discusses the budget of the athletics program with the Athletics Department.  The budget is forwarded to the Office of the President and the Board of Regents for approval in accordance with established University regulations. 


                        BICOA recognizes that funds raised from donors are channeled through the UI Foundation.  It is the policy of BICOA that all other funds raised and spent in connection with intercollegiate athletics are channeled through the institution’s general treasury, not through independent groups whether internal or external (in accordance with Knight Commission Principle VIII).  The Athletics Department raises 94.3% of its budget.  Monies from UI’s general fund represent the remaining 5.7% of their total budget (FY04). 


5. The role of conferences.  As a member of the Big Ten Conference, UI fully abides by the Conference’s Guiding Principles of academic priority, class-time precedence, graduation commitment, institutional responsibility, presidential authority and faculty control, national leadership, diverse representation, sports like behavior, ethical conduct, equity, student-athlete quality of life, anti-discrimination, and revenue sharing (2003-2004 Big Ten Handbook).


IV.  Financial Issues

                        1.  Winning and revenues. UI is consistent with this Framework principle.  Big Ten guidelines include distribution of television revenues, tournament and bowl receipts and football game receipts (2003-2004 Big Ten Handbook).  Gate receipts of football games between Conference universities are shared on a 65-35 percent basis with the visiting team receiving 35% or a minimum of $300,000 whichever is greater up to a maximum. Effective with the 2002 football season the maximum was $750,000; $825,000 for the 2003 season, $900,000 for 2004 and $950,000 for 2005.  This long-standing policy is intended to share resources and to ensure that competitive outcomes do not exclusively dictate financial security.


2.  Professional standards and costs.  In any given academic year, the annual sport budgets of the UI Athletics Department rank in the bottom third of the Big Ten Conference and UI appears committed to facilities that support the development of athletic performance at a competitive but amateur level, rather than facilities which are the “biggest and the best” or whose purpose is to raise competition to a professional level.  UI’s athletes want to perform to the best of their abilities and facilities that help them attain their goals while accommodating spectator safety and reasonable comfort and which can be efficiently maintained and operated are an integral part of that commitment.  The replacement value of facilities managed and/or utilized by the UI Athletics Department is estimated to approach $600 million (FY03-04) and is funded almost entirely by Department revenues and contributions.


The UI Athletics Department assumes costs associated with the staging of select University-sponsored events inside athletics facilities such as University commencements, concerts and other events presented by SCOPE, and the annual University-sponsored PowWow. The Department shares facilities with the UI Department of Recreational Services for intramurals and community outreach such as the Iowa Special Olympics, Iowa High School Boys Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.  The UI Athletics Department provides approximately $300,000/year in financial support for the UI Marching Band by assuming a portion of the salaries and benefits provided to select faculty of the UI School of Music and all expenses associated with the band’s uniforms, equipment and travel. 


UI’s Athletics Department pays the University for utility consumption and maintenance of athletics facilities, including routine maintenance, green space management, snow removal and custodial services ($2.1 million in FY01-02).  Payment is also rendered to the UI Department of Public Safety and others for security at UI athletics events ($510,000 for FY02-03).  The Department also operates Finkbine Golf course as a recreation, athletics and community outreach facility without financial support from the University. 


Proposed capital improvements of existing and new athletics facilities are currently reviewed by a University review process which includes the Facilities Services Group, Campus Planning Committee, Central Administration and the State Board of Regents.  Expenses for approval and design are borne by the UI Athletics Department.  BICOA is also informed of the planning.  While the process provides general considerations, guidelines could be developed and set in priority to facilitate the decision making process.  Guidelines should include considerations such as: efficacy of repairing/renovating existing facilities vs. new construction, consolidate and aggregate facilities for efficiency and shared use when possible, partner with recreation or other campus-wide units to provide facilities that support Athletica needs as well as other University at large needs, tradition/heritage of an existing facility, and use of funding sources that do not compete with funding of academic facilities.  Guidelines would essentially formalize the existing process and make the decision-making more visible thereby providing some assurance that the interests of the University at large are being served in the provision of athletics facilities. 


         3.  Other cost reduction possibilities.

a.  Scholarships. UI’s scholarships are consistent with Big Ten and NCAA guidelines.  The UI Athletics Department pays UI the full cost of in-state and out-of-state tuition, room and board, and fees for scholarships awarded to eligible student-athletes ($3.6 million in FY99-00, $4.2 million in FY00-01, $4.8 million in FY01-02, $5.5 million in FY02-03).

                        b.  Football squad sizes. The size of Iowa’s football squad follows Big Ten and NCAA guidelines.  In response to rising cost pressure in the early 1990’s, the NCAA decreased the number of football scholarships that each Division IA school could offer from 95 to 85.

                        c. Season length and design.  UI conforms to this Framework issue.  The NCAA delineates length of playing season (including preseason practice) and time limits for athletically related activities per sport (2003-2004 NCAA Division I Manual). As described previously, BICOA reviews team schedules, days of competition, days of travel and missed class time.

d. Off-campus recruitment.  UI follows Big Ten and NCAA guidelines.  The intent of those guidelines is to assist institutions in less populated areas. 


V.  Over-commercialization

The UI Athletics Department conforms to this issue.  No products or corporate sponsors that conflict with institutional values are solicited or contracted.  Commercial sponsors are reviewed and approved by the Office of the Vice President for Finance & Operations.  Individual athletes are not marketed.  Fundraising efforts through alumni groups raise 20% of the departmental budget.



  1. UI conforms to all issues within the COIA framework.  UI Athletics operates within current NCAA regulations and reports directly to the President thus consistent with Knight Commission initiatives.  BICOA applauds the Athletics Department for their insistence in high academic standards and their proven track record of academic success.
  2. BICOA supports the philosophy and principle of all five COIA issues at the national level.
  3. Problems in interpretation were noted within sections. Specifically:

                  a. BICOA has asked UI’s Athletics Department to maintain a list of majors and provide the listing as an annual report to BICOA. (Framework Issue I-3).

b. A recommendation to UI’s Academic Advising Center (AAC) to increase communication with athletics advisors. (Framework Issues  I-4 and II-4).

c. Although BICOA has not identified any specific violations of the 20-hour rule (appropriate forms are filed and a grievance process is available), the life of the student-athlete appears to be nothing short of super human.  UI’s athletes must balance academic pursuits with rigorous training demands.  Not all student-athletes receive full scholarships.  Some have jobs and most are active in community outreach.  BICOA encourages the Athletics Department to continue to work closely with coaches to support the quality of life of student-athletes on this campus. (Framework Issue II-1).

d. Guidelines for FAR duties and term of office should be clearly delineated, approved by the President’s Office and filed within the University and BICOA Operations Manuals. (Framework Issue III-1).

e. In recent years, BICOA membership has experienced a high degree of turnover.  Turnover has and continues to result in undue delays within BICOA sub-committees as a significant amount of time is spent bringing new members up to speed.  BICOA recommends the term of service to be 5 years. (Framework Issue III-3).

f. BICOA emphatically recommends that the majority of faculty members appointed to BICOA be from colleges (such as CLAS) which serve the undergraduate teaching mission of this University. (Framework Issue III-3).

g. BIOCA encourages UI Central Administration, Campus Planning and Athletics groups work together to formalize guidelines for renovation of existing facilities and construction of new facilities to sharpen the focus and improve visibility of intent (Framework Issue IV-2).

h. Framework Issues IV-3 a-d are being addressed at the national level as no single university can unilaterally curtail its athletics program without putting programs in an uncompetitive position.  A change in athletics scholarships should be based on comprehensive data reflecting potential impact on player safety accounting for season length, number of games and team travel schedule.  To date, these data are not available and BICOA is in no position to attain it.  


BICOA and UI Athletics support the current NCAA Incentives/Disincentives Initiative, which includes tracking four years of annual academic progress data, collected for each sport.  As described in the NCAA Initiative, under-performance would result in possible grant-in-aid reductions and restriction of access to preseason and/or postseason competition and membership restrictions.


Respectfully submitted,


Diaz-Arnold, Ana (BICOA Chair, Professor, Dentistry)


Altmaier, Elizabeth (FAR, Professor, Psych and Quant Foundations)    

Anderson, Dan (BICOA Vice-Chair, Professor, Mathematics)            

Barrett, John (Alumni Representative)

David, Marcella (Professor, Law)

Dungy, Clairborne (Professor, Pediatrics)

Karnell, Michael (Associate Professor, Otolaryngology)

Kestel, Lisabeth (Staff, Physical Therapy)

Lopes, Lola (Professor, Office of the Provost)

Masoncup, Michelle (Student)

Parkin, Gene (Professor, Engineering)

Perry, Paul (Professor, Pharmacy)

Polumbaum, Judy (Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication)

Rupe, Kerri Lynn (Associate Professor, Nursing)

Segura, Gary (Associate Professor, Political Science)

Snider, Jason (Student-athlete, ISAAC Vice-Chair)

Sorensen, Donna (Alumni Representative)

Stiffend, LaToya (Student-athlete)

Wilson, Larry (Staff, Campus Planning)


Bowlsby, Robert (Athletics Director)

Beach, Mary Jane (Assistant Vice President for Finance and Operations)

Curtis, Mary (Associate Athletics Director)

Jones, Phillip (Vice President and Dean of Students)

Meyer, Jane (Senior Associate Athletics Director)

Mims, Fred (Associate Athletics Director)

True, Doug (Vice President for Finance and Operations)

Westerhaus, Charlotte (Director, Equal Opportunity and Diversity)







The mission of the Department of Athletics is to provide the administrative and coaching support, facilities, resources, and equipment necessary for student athletes to graduate from The University of Iowa while participating in broad based championship calibre athletic competition.  The overall well-being of the participant and the integrity of the program will be paramount in all that we do.





Education and enrichment of the student athlete—The department values competitive athletic and academic experiences that foster self-esteem, a sense of responsibility, effective communication skills and an appreciation for life-long learning.


Integrity in all aspects of behavior—The highest level of excellence and integrity shall characterize every aspect of policy, performance and programs in the department.  All participants in the department shall be expected to exemplify impeccable integrity, be they student athletes, coaching staff, administrative professionals or support staff.


Fiscal responsibility—It is a fundamental tenet that the department shall at all times maintain a fiscally responsible and economically sound structure that provides the optimal environment for student-athlete success within budgetary parameters.


Innovation in approach and spirit—In order to meet its goals and develop a problem-solving orientation, the Department is dedicated to encouraging innovation and creativity as core values. 


Respect for the individual—The department values diversity in its people, whether that diversity is expressed by heritage, race, belief, age, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or veteran status and recognizes the need to work as a team while valuing each individual’s self-worth. 


Valuing our heritage—The department is committed to championship calibre athletic achievement and the on-going enhancement of the traditions of Iowa Hawkeye Athletics, including leadership, individual and team achievement, and intense pride and loyalty.


Outreach—The department must strive to enhance the overall mission of the University through competitive excellence, academic achievement, and an on-going commitment to service.       


Leadership---The University of Iowa will continue its long history of conference and national leadership through a commitment to leading edge involvement in athletics issues.




                                                                                                                                      BiCoA Standing Reports

Academic Achievement Advisory Committee

Name of Report

How often presented?

Month Report Provided

Items Covered


Time Period

Comparison Group

Academic performance review, identify students with academic difficulty for possible interview & performance review of interviewed students from previous semester (if applicable)

Every semester & summer session, if needed

August, January & June

Synopsis of academic history; counselor recommendations, academic progress


Previous semester

Not applicable

Academic performance

Every semester

September, January & June

High achievers:  3.0, Dean's list, 4.0, President's list, all of above

Low achievers:  academic probation, < 2.0, all of above; ineligible



Previous semester

Internal - team & general student body

Graduation rates


September /October - when made available by NCAA

Graduated within 6 years; exhausted eligibility; incoming transfers

Gender, ethnicity & selected sports

6 years by year

External - general student body

Academic Performance of Targeted Students



Targeted student-athlete groups as they relate to expectations of guidelines

Student-athlete groups

Previous year

Not applicable

Academic performance related to admission's standards


November - Check with Pat Folsom & Lola Lopes

Entering IowaLink cohort.


Retention grad analysis



Previous year


Annual starting with 1995

Provost Office report - general student body, IowaLink, athletes


Every other year beginning in



Enrolled/declared majors


Previous year

General student body

Team schedules

Annual + updates on scheduling changes


Class days missed & final exam conflicts


Upcoming year

Not applicable

Meaningful course work (5th year/last semester)

Every other year beginning in 03-04


Students with 6 to <12 credit hours.

Types of course work:  1) complete a major or minor, 2) prepare for post-graduate work, 3) other courses with academic oversight


Previous two years

Not applicable

Credit hours from other schools/courses by correspondence/independent study/internet courses



Students by 1) credit hours from other schools, 2) courses by correspondence, 3) courses by independent study, 4) internet courses, and 5) all of the above.

Number of students by frequency of all of the above


Previous year

Not applicable





Student-Athlete Welfare Committee



The Student-Athlete Welfare Committee provides directions and advice on all policies and issues regarding the general welfare of student athletes.  The principal responsibility of this committee is to ensure the well-being of University of Iowa student-athletes and to remind all involved that they are first and foremost students.  The Committee shall be chaired by a BICOA member appointed by the Chair of BICOA and shall be responsible for reporting to the Board on the Committee’s activities.  Membership should include: two student-athlete representatives (1 male and 1 female), two members from BICOA; the faculty representative; the Athletics Compliance Officer for sexual assault and sexual harassment (ex-officio); a representative of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (ex-officio); the Director of Athletic Student Services (ex-officio); and a representative of the Office of the Vice-President for Student Services (ex-officio).


To fulfill its responsibilities, the Committee performs the following functions:

A.     Recommends a written and uniform Code of Conduct for Student-Athletes and ensures it is consistent with the University’s Code of Student Life.

B.     Reviews and keeps informed about team rules regarding student conduct, substance abuse, and behavioral expectations at practices, games, and team travel.

C.     Receives information on policies and procedures regarding required and optional team/individual practices, and medical care for athletics-related issues.

D.     Consults with the Director of Athletic Student Services on programming recommendations for student-athletes and staff on topics such as substance abuse prevention programs, legal and behavior expectations programs, sexual-abuse prevention programs, and diversity awareness programs.

E.      Receives general information and provides advice on policies regarding student-athletes who have conflicts with the law or are on misconduct probation.

F.      Receives general information on policies and practices concerning the substance abuse testing of student-athletes.

G.     Meets with the Iowa Student Athlete Advisory Executive Committee at least one a year and is otherwise available to hear from student-athlete groups or student-athletes and other appropriate groups, on issues concerning student-athlete welfare.

H.     Reviews policies and practices regarding the media and public relations expectations for student-athletes, as well as media intrusion on the time and privacy of student-athletes.

I.        Informs, in writing and by other means, athletic staff, coaches, and student-athletes about the availability and functions of the Committee.

J.       Provides an annual report to the Board on the welfare of student-athletes.