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Section III: COC Comprehensive Standards

3.2.11 The institution’s chief executive officer has ultimate responsibility for, and exercises appropriate administrative and fiscal control over the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program.



JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE

Compliance.

NARRATIVE/JUSTIFICATION FOR JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE

The University’s chief executive officer has ultimate responsibility for, and exercises appropriate administrative and fiscal control over the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program. At the time the University committed itself to becoming a four-year institution in The Texas A&M System (1993), informal discussion began concerning the need for an intercollegiate athletics program. A serious study of the matter had to await construction of the new campus. In the spring of 1998, the University President asked the Dean of Arts and Humanities to chair a group to recommend when and how a competitive sports program could be initiated at the University. That committee submitted its report to the University President on August 12, 1998, recommending an incremental approach, moving toward membership in National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division III, which requires five men’s and five women’s sports. The committee recommended that in choosing which sport to offer, the University should be guided by budget constraints and regional interest and talent. (Athletic Advisory Council Committee Memorandum) It was unanimously agreed that the sports selected should be soccer, baseball, softball, tennis, volleyball, and golf. An advertisement for the University’s first Director of Athletics was approved on December 16, 1999.

In keeping with the University's primary responsibility to deliver highest quality academic programs, and because of budgetary demands of a rapidly expanding enrollment, the University President postponed implementation of the Committee’s recommendation until FY 2001. A search committee was appointed, conducted a nationwide search, identified three finalists, and with the approval of the University President, the Provost appointed Steven Garippa as Director of Athletics in the summer of 2001.

The director's first task was to develop a 5-year Athletic Programs Proposal. This plan, presented by the Director of Athletics to the Executive Council on September 12, 2001, was subsequently approved by the President. The plan became the basis for the first athletic budget, allowing for a gradual phase-in of sports as facilities and resources permitted. An annual review allows for adjustments as necessary.

The University President and Director of Athletics invited a group of interested community leaders to form an Athletics Advisory Council. The Council drafted guidelines and procedures to govern the awarding of athletic scholarships with the University President’s approval. (Procedures for Awarding Athletic Scholarships)

In the fall of 2002, intercollegiate sports began offering women's volleyball, and soccer in men’s and women’s divisions. Because NCAA had in place a moratorium on new membership, the University joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and continues as a member of the Red River Athletic Conference. Golf, cross-country, and basketball in men’s and women’s divisions have been added. Guided by the needs assessment included in the Athletic Program Proposal, the University is at present reviewing plans with architects for a build-out of Phase V, including facilities to permit competitive track and tennis, as well as a substantial addition to the existing kinesiology building.

The Athletic Council of each component university is established to advise the president in the development and supervision of intercollegiate athletic programs. (The Texas A&M University System Policy 18.1: Athletic Council)

All programmatic and budget decisions related to athletics come through the University Provost to the University President for approval. (Organizational Chart)





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LOCATION/Special Instructions

Athletic Advisory Council Committee Memorandum

http://www.tamiu.edu/archives/ath-com-memo.pdf Adobe Acrobat File

Athletic Programs Proposal http://www.tamiu.edu/archives/athletic-proposal.pdf Adobe Acrobat File
Procedures for Awarding Athletic Scholarships http://www.tamiu.edu/president/
procedures-athletic-scholarships.pdf
Adobe Acrobat File

The Texas A&M University System Policy 18.1: Athletic Council

http://sago.tamu.edu/policy/18-01.htm

Backup Link:

http://www.tamiu.edu/archives/sago-policy-18-01.htm

Organizational Chart http://www.tamiu.edu/org-chart.pdf Adobe Acrobat File


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