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The Athletics Review Process —. Are We Doing What We Say We Are Doing?. Presenters. Betsy Mitchell Betsy Mitchell Consulting Mike Clary Director of Athletics ・ Rhodes College George VanderZwaag Director of Athletics ・ University of Rochester

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The athletics review process

The Athletics Review Process —

Are We Doing What We Say We Are Doing?


Presenters
Presenters

  • Betsy MitchellBetsy Mitchell Consulting

  • Mike ClaryDirector of Athletics ・ Rhodes College

  • George VanderZwaagDirector of Athletics ・ University of Rochester

  • Moderator: Debbie LazorikDirector of Athletics ・ Marietta College

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The athletics review

The Athletics Review

Striving for Program Excellence

Betsy Mitchell


Why an athletic department review
Why an athletic department review?

  • Intense competition for students and dollars in member institutions

  • Required focus on efficiency and effectiveness

  • Need to modernize the role of athletics as critical to a healthy institution.

  • Meaningful integration of athletics is a unique “best practice” for each member.

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Why review continued
Why review continued…

  • Well articulated athletic curriculum makes strong case for place of athletics.

  • Programs must be able to clearly articulate their mission and curriculum in order to justify their existence and expenditure.

  • Division philosophy and uniqueness must be focused on the curricular side of equation

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When should a review be considered
When should a review be considered?

  • Prior to accreditation review

  • Part of regular college rotation

  • Strategic planning for entire institution

  • Preparation for capital campaign

  • Major financial decisions

  • Adding or reducing program

  • Long term staff members transition

  • Title IX concerns or challenges

  • Keeping with historic “best practices”

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What is included in a review
What is included in a review?

  • Institution and department mission/vision

  • Communication with constituencies

  • Objective and subjective data analysis

  • 360 degree view

  • Do we walk our talk?

    • Policies, procedures, perception

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How should the review be done
How should the review be done?

  • Internal: department, administrative, committee

  • Peer review: comparative

  • Include external components: objective without competitive fear

  • With goals and outcomes in mind

  • Including the highest levels of institution

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Benefits of an external consultant or review process facilitator
Benefits of an external consultant or review process facilitator.

  • Objective rather than subjective.

  • Comparative without loss of competitive advantage.

  • Professional not personal.

  • Facilitation.

  • Professional support for athletic director.

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Peer review

Peer facilitator.Review

Mike Clary

Director of Athletics • Rhodes College


Invitation and support by chief executive officer
Invitation and Support by facilitator.Chief Executive Officer

  • Provides commitment at the highest level

  • Stresses importance of the review

  • Ensures access to various campus groups

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Institutional liaison
Institutional Liaison facilitator.

  • An administrator, perhaps cabinet level, who can facilitate access, objectivity and logistical support

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Composition of committee
Composition of Committee facilitator.

  • Two (2) Director’s of Athletics from peer schools that are highly selective, national liberal arts schools

  • Retired President from institution within conference

  • Emeritus member of Board of Trustees and former student-athlete

  • Former student-athlete who is an assistant coach at a Division I institution

  • Retired Women’s Director of Athletics at a highly selective Division I institution and a former student-athlete

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Institutional internal review
Institutional Internal Review facilitator.

  • Survey which provided input and data from student-athletes, non-varsity athletes, faculty, staff and alumni

  • Review chaired by Faculty Athletics Representative. Report of internal committee drafted by FAR with assistance from:

    • Director of Athletics

    • Dean of Students

    • Chief Financial Officer

    • Senior Woman Administrator

    • Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

    • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

  • Internal Review Committee visited two peer schools for comparative data

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Conference call
Conference Call facilitator.

  • Chaired by institutional liaison

  • Introductions and roles: what does each member bring to the committee

  • Review of internal review document

  • Need for additional information prior to visit

  • Review of visit and meeting schedule

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Groups to meet with while visiting campus
Groups To Meet With While facilitator.Visiting Campus

  • Internal review committee

  • Student leaders from various campus organizations who are not varsity athletes

  • Current student-athletes

  • Athletic staff

  • Faculty Athletics Committee

  • Members of Student Affairs staff

  • Alumni/former student-athletes

  • CEO’s Cabinet

  • Chief Executive Officer

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Other activities during visit
Other Activities During Visit facilitator.

  • Campus and athletic facility tour

  • Dinner at CEO’s house with internal review committee

  • At the conclusion of the visit

    • Wrap-up meeting of external review committee

    • Review of visit and discussion about assignments for production of report

    • Assign one member of review committee to compile and edit report

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Post visit duties
Post Visit Duties facilitator.

  • Send initial draft to editor for review

  • Editor produces first draft of report; conference call to discuss draft; edits made

  • Editor produces second draft; 2nd conference call to finalize report; edits made

  • Final draft sent to committee members for review; final edits

  • Report presented to institutional liaison

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University of rochester

University of Rochester facilitator.

Internal Assessment Activities

George VanderZwaag


Be clear in what we say we do
Be Clear In What We Say We Do facilitator.

  • Establish a clear vision of who we are.

  • Set appropriate overall goals for the department consistent with this vision.

  • Require staff to align program goals with overall goals.

  • Visit these goals regularly through individual and department meetings.

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Vision
Vision facilitator.

We will be a department of educators that strives for excellence in everything we do. We will demonstrate and expect high standards to generate a positive experience for students, and instill pride in the institution. In all aspects of our work we endeavor to contribute to the educational mission of the University.

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Overall goals
Overall Goals facilitator.

  • To demonstrate excellence in the educational process.

  • To substantially strengthen the competitiveness of varsity teams.

  • To increase levels of participation in all non-varsity programs.

  • To establish and maintain a trajectory of success in the department.

  • To develop facilities and programs capable of serving the campus community and reflective of the quality of peer institutions.

  • To strengthen the University’s ability to attract the best students.

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Generate and organize data
Generate and Organize Data facilitator.

  • Determine what we can effectively measure.

  • Put procedures in place to collect data.

  • “Deposit” the data in one place.

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Measure results
Measure Results facilitator.

  • Determine your key metrics to track program results consistent with the overall goals of the department.

  • Review key metrics on a continual basis.

  • Present the most relevant data to the entire staff.

  • Talk about these measures in individual meetings.

  • Periodically update other constituents.

  • Benchmark against previous results and external data, if available.

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Ur key metrics
UR Key Metrics facilitator.

  • Facility Use data

  • Participation data.

  • Revenue/Expense data.

  • Admissions data.

  • Graduation rates.

  • Competitive results.

  • Fund raising data.

  • GPA data.

  • Academic majors.

  • Attrition rates.

  • Probation rates.

  • Separation rates.

  • Student survey data.

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Key metric example student athlete opinion survey data
Key Metric Example: facilitator.Student-Athlete Opinion Survey Data

  • Knowledge of fundamental techniques

  • Knowledge of the sport

  • Ability to evaluate talent

  • Practice planning

  • Administrative abilities

  • Ability to develop a game plan

  • Ability to teach fundamentals

  • Ability to communicate

  • Ability to teach strategy

  • Promotion of team discipline

  • Ability to motivate

  • Sportsmanship

  • Ethical behavior

  • Serving as a role model

  • Empathy and support for academic commitments

  • Accessibility off the field

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Key metric example facility use
Key Metric Example: Facility Use facilitator.

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Key metric example gpa comparisons
Key Metric Example: facilitator.GPA Comparisons

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What are the challenges
What are the challenges? facilitator.

  • Defining key metrics is difficult.

  • Not every performance standard can be easily quantified.

  • Access to certain types of data can limited.

  • Collecting, organizing, and analyzing data takes significant time and energy.

  • Data is best analyzed over relatively long time horizons.

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How does this help us
How does this help us? facilitator.

  • Incorporates measurable data to understand performance results consistent with goals.

  • Reinforces with internal and external constituencies performance measures.

  • Informs strategic planning.

  • Serves to quantify performance to support other means of assessment.

  • Creates a mechanism to measure performance over time.

  • Creates effective feedback loop to staff.

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The Athletics Review Process — facilitator.

Are We Doing What We Say We Are Doing?


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