Oversight of Intercollegiate Athletics At Western Michigan University
Mission of the Athletic Board The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics at Western Michigan University reports to the Athletic Board. The board is comprised of students, faculty and alumni who are appointed by the president of the university. The university's faculty representative to the NCAA, MAC, CCHA serves as chairperson of the Athletic Board and reports directly to the president’s office, the AAUP and the Faculty Senate in order to assure the appropriate guidelines are being adhere to at Western Michigan University.
Mission of the Athletic Board, cont. The primary purpose of the Athletic Board is to serve as an oversight body assuring institutional commitment to the missions of academics, athletics and student well-being. Student-athletes are particularly encouraged and welcomed to express their concerns about the vitality of the relationship between academics and athletics at WMU. The input of the faculty, staff, and other members of the university community is integral to the Athletics Board; all are encouraged to submit questions or comments to the chair.
The Athletic Board may offer recommendations on such matters as: • Academic standards for student-athletes • Conduct of intercollegiate athletics program • Personnel policies • Athletic ticket policies • Athletic contest scheduling policies • Commitment to diversity and student well being considerations (Title VII and IX) • Promotional activities, public relations, and publicity • Student-athlete academic concerns
Role within the Division of Athletics • Budget planning, approval, and subsequent deliberations with the President • Communicating its recommendations to the President • Serving as a voice of the University community in deliberation policy matters • Serving as a source of information for the University community concerned with pending policy considerations • Discussing with appropriate constituencies, in an informative and positive way, the justifiable needs and concerns of the athletic program • Representing the academic interests of the student-athlete • Serving as an avenue of appeal for a student-athlete or coach who appeals a decision of the Director of Athletics, or a coach on matters regarding discipline or unfair treatment.
Athletic Board Members Fred Sitkins- Chair Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Halbert Bates Advising, Haworth College of Business Dr. Stephen Craig Counselor Educ/Counseling Psych Charles “Bud” Donnelly “W” Club Representative Dr. Michael G. Miller HPER Lisa M. DeChano-Cook, Ph.D. Department of Geography Alyssa Schafer Student Tiera P. DeLaHoussaye Student
Athletic Board Members Ex-Officio Members: Kathy Beauregard Director of Athletics Dave Corstange Senior Associate Athletic Director Athletics Support Staff: Monty Porter Associate Athletic Director: Business Operations Jeffrey Stone Associate Athletic Director: Academic Compliance Services Amy Washington Administrative Assistant to Athletics Director
Standing committees of the Athletic Board • Academic Integrity • Rules Compliance • Gender Equity • Student-Athlete Welfare
Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) The chairperson of the WMU Athletics Board is the voice of the faculty in dealing with the institution, The MAC, CCHA, and the NCAA in matters concerning student-athlete academic integrity, student-athlete well-being and institutional control of the athletics program. In addition: • Advise the President and Athletic Director on matters related to athletics • Serve on the MAC infractions committee • Provide NCAA oversight of compliance with NCAA rules and legislation and the compliance education of coaches and staff • Monitor the academic eligibility, completion of degrees, the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR), and the Graduation Success Rate (GSR). • Assist the athletics staff and coaches in recruiting prospective student-athletes.
WMU a Division I Institution • Legislators refer to NCAA division status when referring to the size and prestige of universities; as do students and fans. • There are many Division II & III institutions clamoring to become Division I and are currently going through the approval process. They strive for DI status so they can generate revenue for athletics through the playing guarantees in football and NCAA and NIT basketball tournament revenues. • DII programs have virtually identical athletic related expenses as DI institutions but without the revenue. • When the public, administrators, etc. define “comparable universities” they always mention the conference. The MAC is seen as institutions that are virtually identical. The MAC is far more prestigious than the GLIAC (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference). • We have found that a significant population of our students wouldn’t have chosen WMU if it were not a DI institution. They would have gone to MSU or CMU. • Your alumni would not be happy nor would the academic program donors.