Senate motion to cut athletic subsidies, for this Wed. meeting
5/6/2013: Sharon Rudnick and VPFA Jamie Moffitt have proposed $12M annually for faculty raises. The faculty union is asking for $25M. Rudnick and her team have made an impassioned plea for help finding $13M in recurring funds to make up the difference, stating that if UO can’t find the money in budget cuts, then we will have to raise tuition.
So, here’s a Senate motion I’m introducing at this Wednesday’s meeting. This will yield a quick $4.5M, by cutting back on a few of the athletic subsidies that the academic side is currently paying, and requiring a modest payment from the AD for academic scholarships, limiting the pain from any tuition increases.
Meaningful Contributions from the Athletics Department for Academic Purposes
Date of Notice: Wed, 02/13/2013
Legislation, Resolution, or Policy Adoption: Legislation
1) Whereas in 2004 the UO Athletics Task Force, which included President Frohnmayer, Athletic Director Bill Moos, NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative Jim O’Fallon, the Senate President, and many Senate and faculty representatives, concluded a 3 year study of UO athletics with a report that stated as recommendation #1 that
The Task Force and the Athletic Department recommend a voluntary financial contribution by athletics to the Presidential Scholarship fund.
2) and, whereas in 2008 the UO Senate passed a resolution titled “Revenue Sharing with the Athletic Department” which concluded
The Athletic Department, Administration, and Faculty work together to outline a mechanism that, under the appropriate fiscal conditions, would allow the Athletic Department to provide a meaningful proportion of their yearly revenues to the general fund to aid the academic mission of the university.
3) and, whereas 9 years have now passed since the 2004 Task Force report, and 5 years since the 2008 Senate motion, during which annual operating expenditures by the athletic department have increased from less than $40 million to more than $90 million,
4) and, whereas the athletic department is still not making any direct financial contributions to the support for UO’s academic mission, beyond a few small and intermittent donations to the library,
5) and, whereas UO’s academic side has been making a variety of new and increased payments in support of the athletic department, including since 2010 an estimated $1.8 million dollars per year for the tutoring services at the Jaqua Center for Student-Athletes that are available only to student-athletes,
6) and, whereas UO’s academic budget has been paying $467,538 a year since 2009 to help repay the bonds used to purchase the Knight Arena land,
7) and, whereas the athletic department solicits donations and ticket surcharges for the Duck Athletic Fund, totaling ~$30M for 2012-13, with the statement that
The mission of the Duck Athletic Fund is to raise funds to offset the expenses of student-athletic scholarships and related athletic department support at the University of Oregon.
8) and, whereas in the most recently reported data, 2011-12, the athletic department paid only $7 million from these DAF funds to the academic side for tuition.
Moved: The UO Senate directs the UO Athletic Department to
- Pay from its budget the full cost of providing tutoring and academic support for student-athletes, beginning in AY 2013-14.
- Pay from its budget the full cost of the bonds used to purchase the Knight Arena land, beginning in AY 2013-14.
- Each year beginning with FY 2014-15 set aside from the athletic department budget a sum equal to 2% of the athletic department’s prior year spending on athletics, and redirect these funds towards UO’s academic purposes, including but not limited to scholarship and student support services for low-income Pathways Oregon students, and academic merit scholarships.