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Editors Note:  This is a position paper created by former coach George Dales
  1. Providing Educational Opportunities
    • WMU is the only SW Michigan and Greater Kalamazoo area higher education institution where student athletes have an opportunity to enroll and participate at the highest MAC & NCAA Division I competitive level. The State of Michigan has one of the largest number (30,000) secondary school student athletes competing in Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track.
    • WMU is ranked Number 1 in Michigan, Number 4 Nationally providing Educators, Coaches.
  2. Enrollment Diversity
    • At WMU 30 of 48 Men (81.25%) on the Cross Country and Track Teams are Michigan residents, 14 (29%) are from the Greater Kalamazoo area.
    • During Fall of 2003, WMU enrolled 29,178 students, 484 (1.65%) are African American undergraduate men. (WMU Office of Academic and Instructional Planning.) The Men's Track Team consists of 20.8% Minority student athletes.
  3. Success of WMU Men's Cross Country, Track & Field and Women's Synchronized Skating Teams
    • The Women's Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team was 2nd at the 2003 National Championships, had 3.5 GPA and 100 % graduation rate. The Varsity Team qualified to represent the U.S.A. in international competition.
    • Men's Cross Country and Track programs have produced WMU's most successful teams and individuals at the highest NCAA Division I level:
      • Mid American Conference - 32 Team, 280 Individual, 25 Relay Champions.
      • WMU Sports Hall of Fame-34 Athletes, 3 Coaches.
      • NCAA Div.I: 2 Cross Country Teams, 2 Individual Track Champions
      • All Americans-55 Track, 25 Cross Country, 6 Relay Teams.
      • Cross Country Teams-20 Top 20, 14 Top 10, 5 Top 3, 2 Firsts.
      • Track Teams-10 times Top 20, 1-7th, 1-5th place, 2 Individual Champions
      • 14 Olympic Trials Qualifiers, 3 World & 2 USA Records, 1 Gold Medallist
      • 1 Coach USA Track Coaches Hall of Fame
      • 2 Michigan House of Representatives Citations.
  4. Cutting the 4 Sports Reduces the WMU Athletic Budget $491,072, however, it reduces WMU Income from:

    92 Non-Scholarship Tuitions (62 residents) $307,892
    (40 non-residents) $443,384
    35 On Campus Room & Board $225,190
    102 State subsides $444,108
    Total $1,420,574
    Almost 3 times the athletic budget cut!! (See attached.)
  5. The Impact on the Kalamazoo Community Includes Loss of Income From:
    • 67 Off Campus Room and Board ($6,434), amounts to over $430,000.
    • WMU paid Miami University to host the May 2004 (3 day) MAC Men's & Women's Track and Field Championships originally scheduled in Kalamazoo involving more than 20 teams.
  6. Not Recruiting Track & Field (Speed, Power) Student Athletes Affects Football.
  7. Recommend to Trim WMU Sports Budgets, Do Not Cut Sports.
    • Reduce the Men's Cross Country & Track budget 19% ($70,722) from $370,722 to $300,000 maintaining quality MAC Division I programs
        (lowest total cost per athlete [$2,083] among 20 sports). Positive return from 38 non-scholarships, 15 Room & Boards
        ($19,326 current positive gain + $70,722 proposed cut) = $90,048
        and 48 State tuition subsidies ($4,354) = $208,992
    • Total Positive return to WMU = $299,045.

  8. Recommend Continuing Varsity Status for Women's Synchronized Skating.
    54 Non-Scholarship Tuition $458,194
    20 Room & Board $128,680
    54 State tuition subsidies $ 235,116
    Total positive return ($821,990 - $120,350 budget) $701,640

    (second lowest total cost per athlete [$2,228] among 20 sports).

  9. Administration, Support Staff, Facilities are the Same as for Women's Track and Men's Hockey Programs.
  10. Dropping the 4 Sports Will Create a Negative Fallout for WMU:
    • Results in loss of income considerably greater than the allotted budgets Has imposed a traumatic shock upon 102 affected student athletes and their families Unfavorably impacts the WMU student body and the Greater Kalamazoo Community
    • Affects WMU's Image, Public Relations, Recruiting and Financial Support

More than 300 Track Alumni have been contributing to WMU Individual and Family Annual Giving, Life Insurance and Annuities, Annual Memorial and Gary Funds.

WMU Sport Budgets (cost/athlete: Gazette 12/7/03).      

Sport No. Budget ($) Scholarships Scholarships/Athlete Total $/Athlete
M Basketball 15 868,796 250,000 16,666 57,919
W Basketball 14 761,103 180,000 12,857 54,364
W Volleyball 14 557,993 200,000 14,285 39,856
W Tennis 7 243,543 120,000 17,142 34,791
M Hockey 25 862,983 335,000 13,400 34,519
M Football 102 2,966,548 1,250,000 12,255 29,083
W Gymnastics 15 335,631 190,000 12,666 22,375
W Golf 9 182,844 85,000 9,444 20,316
M Tennis 9 172,467 67,000 7,444 19,163
W Softball 18 338,431 145,000 8,055 18,801
M Baseball 31 397,489 155,000 5,000 12,822
W Soccer 24 292,951 150,000 6,250 12,206
W Track (3 sports) 43 426,186 (142,062) 220,000 (73,333)   5,116 (1,702)  9,911 (3,304)
M Soccer 26 206,991 110,000 4,280 7,961
M Track (3 Sports) 48 370,722 (123,574) 165,000 (55,000)   3,437 (1,146) 7,723 (2,575)
W SynchSkating 54 120,350 0 0 2,228
  • WMU Men's Cross Country & Track programs, lowest rate of scholarships (6% of 9 men's sports budgets), 4% of 18 Men's & Women's sports budgets.
  • WMU Women's Synchronized Skating - No Scholarships.

 

Costs: 2003-04 WMU Resource Guide

Men's Track Residents Tuition & Fees 39 x $4,966 $193,674
  Non-Residents 9 x $11,096 $99,864
  Room & Board 15 x $6,434 $96,510
  WMU Income   $399,048
Budget (3 Sports) Cross Country, Indoor, Outdoor Track   -$370,722
Positive Return to WMU     $19,326

 

W Skating Residents Tuition & Fees 23 x $4,966 $114,218
  Non-Residents 31 x $11,096 $343,976
  Room & Board 20 x $6,434 $128,680
  WMU Income   $+586,874
Budget Women's Synchronized Skating     -$120,350
Positive return to WMU     +$466,524



 

Total Return from all 4 Sports: $485,850


 

WMU Fiscal year (FYES) equated per Student State Subsidy (4,354 x 102) (House Fiscal Agency University Appropriations) $444,108
GRAND TOTAL RETURN TO WMU: $929,958



 

Figures do not include: Books & Supplies 102 x $834 $85,068
  Registration Fee: 289 x 2 x $102 $58,956

 

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