|Athletics to stay at Metro State||
December 1, 2003
Interim President Ray Kieft announced today that the colleges
Intercollegiate Athletics program will continue with a few minor adjustments.
In October, Kieft and the colleges Board of Trustees examined
the costs associated with the athletics program, questioning the level
of institutional money devoted to scholarships and how much of the overall
budget was funded by non-student fees.
The primary change to the athletics department will be a stronger focus
on the recruitment of in-state students. Over the next five years, the
department will increase the number of in-state students versus out-of-state
students from a ratio of 2 to 1 to 4 to 1.
Our coaches will focus primarily on in-state recruiting, resonating
with Metro States role and mission of serving Denvers seven-county
region, said Athletics Director Joan McDermott. This cost-savings
measure along with an increase of fund-raising efforts will reduce the
athletics departments reliance on general fund and tuition dollars,
The intent was never for the athletics program to go away,
said Kieft. He explained that is the trustees duty, in their statutory
fiduciary responsibility, to examine all college programs and activities
in terms of how much money is spent and on what. In addition to athletics,
the trustees are examining the costs associated with other programs.
Through this process, the trustees have reaffirmed their commitment
to Intercollegiate Athletics, Kieft said. He added that over the
last two months the trustees have considered the input of alumni, students,
faculty, staff and the community. A recent student survey indicated
that 70 percent of the student body was in favor of continuing to pay
a $23.58 per-semester student fee to support the athletics program.
If anything, said Kieft, this has created more awareness
of Metro State athletics within the community. Hopefully this is a sustained
commitment, and well see an increase in support at games and sponsorships.
Because of today's announcement, there will be no special public hearing addressing athletics at Wednesday's BOT meeting.
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