Support and Retention of Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

Resolution Number
Assigned to
Educational Policies Committee
Status Report

Significant work was completed on this resolution by CLFIC a few years earlier and material was provided to the 2011-12 committee chair. The Executive Committee judged this resolution to be completed in June 2012.

Whereas, Intercollegiate athletic programs adhere to the same academic standards for student learning required of all instructional programs (i.e., student learning outcomes, assessment of outcomes, course outlines, class syllabi, program review, and instructor evaluation);

Whereas, Pilot data from districts throughout the state confirm that athletic programs are a model of student success that support the goals and recommendations of the Commission on the Future in that student athletes attempt and pass more units per semester, earn more degrees, and transfer to four year colleges and universities at greater rates than non-student athletes;

Whereas, Pilot data confirm that intercollegiate athletic programs generate much desired diversity in the student population and provide opportunities for students of all ethnicities and each gender to develop important academic and life skills of leadership, time management, teamwork, and sportsmanship, skills that are critical to workforce training; and

Whereas, Intercollegiate Athletic Programs are an efficient use of resources in that the cost/FTES is one of the lowest, thereby generating income to support higher cost/FTES programs;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges endorse the important function that intercollegiate athletic programs play in a comprehensive educational institution fostering student success and achievement for a diverse student population; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges communicate research data demonstrating student-athlete retention, success and achievement as referenced in the Commission on the Futures Report, 2010, to the Board of Governors, Legislative Analyst’s Office, and other policy recommending groups and endorse the continuation of athletic programs as a significant part of the mission of California community colleges.

MSC Disposition: Local Senates