Athletic review timeline extended

Six months into the athletics review, the college said the results of the department-wide survey was postponed.

The department began a review of athletic competitiveness last November. The goal of the review was to reassess the allocation of funding in comparison with other similar programs. The college hired a consultant, Andrew Fellingsham from Intercollegiate Athletic Consulting, to assist in the process using funds from the athletic budget.

The report may be released in early fall, committee chair and Vice President for Campus Life Annette Diorio said.

In an email, President Alison Byerly wrote that the delay serves to give the review committee “plenty of time to review the information provided by the consultant,” adding that the committee was attempting to “prepare a report that will be helpful to our efforts to be the strongest Division I program we can be.”

According to Diorio, those waiting for details about the review will have to wait until the official report comes out.

“We won’t issue anything until we issue a final report, really,” she said, describing the final report as being “generated from our conversations as a summary of what we did and what we talked about.”

At the present time, the committee’s next step will be to review the data they have accrued from preliminary research and make procedural decisions based on the findings.  

Diorio also said she thinks people do not fully grasp the committee’s purpose.

“I think people misunderstand what this is,” she said. “It’s a critical process, but it isn’t a process that will radically alter many things… It’s likely to be the result of a lot of smaller changes that add up to a significant outcome.”

“The college receives lots of feedback about athletics,” Diorio said. “I think certainly our students and our alumni would like to win.”

Claire Grunewald ’20 contributed reporting.

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