April 30, 2003
Professor Margaret Raymond
President, Faculty Senate
College of Law
490 Boyd Law Building
Dear Professor Raymond:
I am forwarding to you a resolution prepared by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Educational Policy Committee and approved by the CLAS Faculty Assembly at their April 16 meeting.
These governance bodies now respectfully request that Faculty Senate consider for approval and further action the same resolution, which proposes that the NCAA further limit athletic scholarships and campus recruiting visits.
Frederick J. Antczak
Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Services
c: Jeffrey Cox, Past President, Faculty Senate
Katherine Tachau, Vice-President, Faculty Senate
Edwin Dove, Secretary, Faculty Senate
Douglas Jones, Past Chair, CLAS Faculty Assembly
Peverill Squire, Chair, CLAS Faculty Assembly
A Modest Proposal
to Decrease Division I Athletic Costs
At Iowa, as at many institutions, the cost of supporting student athletics has increased dramatically in the last few years. While some funding is available from Alumni, from ticket sales, and from external sources like television and shoe manufacturer contracts, the need for general education funds to subsidize Athletic budgets has also increased, even as the total funds for institutionsí overall educational purposes has been cut.
The status quo cannot be continued. The nature of the University and of university funding is changing. Every component of the institution must cooperate and make sacrifices, including student athletics. Some institutions are making athletic cuts in what are termed "non revenue" sportsóbut these sports are not the only or necessarily the best place where savings can, or should, be found. It is especially important to look closely at the ways in which general education funds are provided to Athletic Departments.
Currently, Division I College football teams ordinarily [that is, unless they are under some NCAA sanction] offer 85 scholarships, full rides without regard to financial need. Why? There are only 11 players on the field at one time, and at most 24 positions on offense, defense and "special teams." It has not always been this way. In fact, at one time, there were many more scholarships offered. But a series of thoughtful reductions have occurred, during a period when college football has steadily gained in popularity. Since the last reduction of scholarships, both the range of institutions fielding competitive teams and the total attendance at football games has increased.
it resolved that:
the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' Educational Policy Committee and Faculty Assembly approve the following measure, commend it for Faculty Senate approval, and ask that our faculty representatives introduce and press it with the NCAA:
* that the number of football scholarships for all division 1-A programs be phased down over a five year period from 85 to 72, i.e., maintaining three deep at every position including kicker and punter;
* that the number of campus recruiting visits for football be phased down from 61 to 51;
* that the net savings thereby realizedólikely more than $150,000 for the UIóbe used to support educational endeavors or for the support of a full range of athletic opportunities, as is deemed advisable by the faculty and administration.