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Intercollegiate Athletics Review Committee (IARC)

Chancellor Gary L. Miller has initiated a comprehensive review of the university's athletics portfolio. The Intercollegiate Athletics Review Committee (IARC) will conduct the review as part of UNCW's effort to bolster the university's existing athletics program and explore new ways to support its student athletes, optimize its fiscal health, and engage with the community. The committee is comprised of faculty, staff and student representatives, as well as members of the UNCW Foundation and Board of Visitors.

The IARC has completed the initial stage of its work via a series of comprehensive briefing meetings, designed to offer the committee a deeper understanding of the UNCW Athletics landscape. Athletic Director Jimmy Bass and Associate Director Pat Howey provided the committee with an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities facing the program. The sessions included a review of UNCW’s standing in comparison to its CAA peers as well as an examination of issues surrounding compliance, Title IX, recruitment, facilities and the health and welfare of UNCW's student athletes.  Vice Chancellor Charles Maimone and Director of University Budgets Robert Russell also addressed the committee with reports on the Department of Athletics budget and fiscal challenges.

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February Update:

The IARC met on February 20 and 22, and March 1, 2013, for series of presentations on the fiscal and operational challenges facing UNCW’s Department of Athletics. Athletic Director Jimmy Bass and Associate Athletic Director Pat Howey presented an overview of UNCW in comparison to our institutional peers. In addition, information was presented to highlight the challenges of Title IX, program costs, marketing, scholarships, fundraising, community support, and an assessment of our current athletic facilities. The information presented included a review of revenue, trend analysis and dynamic financial issues which need to be addressed in both short-and long-term context.

March Update:

The IARC entered into Phase 2 of its work with a series of interviews with key constituent groups. On March 1, 2013, the IARC met with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Representatives from each varsity sport were invited to participate in a 90-minute dialogue on the challenges our student athletes face in representing UNCW. The IARC also met with the Assistant Athletic Directors Melissa Lewis, Mary Williford, Scott Hill, Rob Brickels, Haig Lea and Joe Browning. The administrative staff provided an overview of their specific roles and the significant challenges they face in meeting their daily responsibilities in support of our athletic program. On March 20, 2013, the IARC met for 2 hours with the head coaches in each of our sports. Each coach was given an opportunity to talk about his or her area and the specific internal and external challenges they all face in sustaining a successful program. Lastly, on March 27, 2013, the IARC met with the Faculty Athletic Council to hear their perspective on the challenges experienced by our coaches and student athletes. The FAC perspective is shaped by their annual review of our athletic programs and student satisfaction with their UNCW experience.

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