Athletic Committee FY2020
Committee: Athletic Committee
Committee Category: Standing Committees of the University Senate
Fiscal Year: FY2020
Fiscal Year: 2020
- Chair: Susan Twombly, Education (2021)
- Faculty: Jordan Bass (2022)
- Faculty: Shawn Alexander, African/African Amer. Studies (2020)
- Faculty: Ashley Herda, HSES (2020)
- Faculty: Jerry Crawford, Journalism (2022)
- Faculty: Derek Reed, ABS, (2021)
- Staff: Heather Abernathy, Engineering Administration (2022)
- Staff: Liz Phillips, Office Public Safety (2021)
- Staff: Michelle Ginavan Hayes, SSC Director (2020)
- Voting, Student: Tiara Floyd
- Voting, Graduate Student: Chris Brown
- Student: Student Senate University Affairs Committee: TBD
- Student: Appointed by Student Athlete Advisory Committee: TBD
- Ex-Officio (non-voting): Susan Stagg-Williams, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, Faculty Representative
- Ex-Officio (non-voting): Paul Buskirk, Assoc. AD, Student Athlete Support Services
- Review KU and Kansas Athletics Inc. (KAI) efforts to promote and maintain academic excellence for the student athletes.
- Identify potential academic barriers and recommend mechanisms to overcome such barriers including collaboration with the student athlete academic support services.
- Review current-year data on missed class days due to competition and travel
- Review the following KAI academic reports: Spring and Fall Student-Athlete Grade Summary, NCAA Academic Progress Rate Institutional Report, Graduation Rates and the KAI report on academic majors for student-athletes and non-athletes
- Review the effects of university changes regarding core requirements, majors, minors, certificates or other curricular issues.
- Review KU and KAI efforts to provide a premier student athlete experience.
- Review programs designed to ensure the personal development and personal welfare of student athletes including: nutrition and physical health, mental health, and safety.
- Review reports from KAI exit-interviews and KAI survey questions regarding participation in the broader campus community.
- Review Student Athlete Advisory Committee programs and recommend opportunities to improve student athlete involvement in extracurricular campus and community activities.
- Help ensure KU maintains athletic compliance with University, Big XII and NCAA rules and Federal law.
- Review educational programs and communication strategies to ensure the KU community better understands the combined responsibility for compliance.
- Review and summarize KAI reports identifying athletic compliance parameters including but not limited to recruiting practices and university admissions.
- Review KU and KAI policies and procedures on drug testing, diversity and sexual harassment including Title IX compliance, and alcohol use in matters of sexual assault reporting.
- Help ensure KU meets its strategic goals pertaining to athletics.
- Recommend educational programs and communication strategies to enhance the balance between academics and athletics, as well as to promote a broad understanding of the goals and priorities of each.
- Recommend mechanisms for improved communication between KAI coaches and staff and KU faculty, staff and students
- Maintain regular communications with the NCAA/Big XII Faculty Representative, the Athletics Advisory Committee (AAC), KAI and University Governance to ensure the needs of each are being served.
- Prepare a budget analysis on the Kansas Athletics Inc. FY2020 budget.
- Monitor, and react if necessary and within the scope of its responsibility, to current proposals by NCAA with respect to academic misconduct.
- The number of transfer athletes, particularly into the football program. Many of these students struggle academically and require substantial academic support.
- Increasing popularity among student athletes of the general degree in Liberal Arts and Science. For example, a total of 15 student athletes were identified as pursuing this degree in Fall 2013. This number had nearly tripled to 42 in Fall of 2017. Fully 40% of the total general LA&S degree seekers in Fall 2017 were athletes. Although this degree provides flexibility for student athletes, especially transfers, a concern was noted about whether this generic degree provides “career value” for athletes.
- The experience of student athletes, KAI staff, and faculty with online courses and degrees.
Meeting Minutes—Athletic Meeting Minutes - Sept. 30, 2019 (pdf)
Athletic Meeting Minutes - Nov. 4, 2019 (pdf)
Athletic Meeting Minutes - Dec. 2, 2019 (pdf)