Internal Committee Completes Report for N.C.A.A.

By Mark Sullivan
Staff Writer

A University committee studying the Boston College athletic program's adherence to National Collegiate Athletic Association standards has given BC good marks on its compliance with NCAA rules on academic and fiscal integrity.

The panel headed by Associate Academic Vice President Robert R. Newton also has recommended areas where the program could be improved, such as in gender equity and avoiding scheduling conflicts of classes and athletic practices.

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, appointed the steering committee last year to report on the school's athletic program as part of the regular application process for certification by the NCAA. Members of the BC community will have an opportunity to discuss the report with the committee at a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in McGuinn 121.

"I think we've done a good job producing a report that describes how BC measures up against NCAA standards, and have made very good recommendations," Newton said. "The Athletic Association has made positive moves to address gender equity, and as we go through the moves planned, we will clearly achieve a much higher level of gender equity in sports at B C."

According to Newton, the committee found the University to be in substantial conformity with NCAA standards on governance and commitment to rules compliance, academic integrity, fiscal integrity and commitment to equity. The self-study concluded that strong compliance systems have been developed by the Athletic Association, that admission, graduation and academic support systems for student-athletes are functioning well, and that Athletic Association budgets have been fully integrated into University-wide budgeting and control systems.

The committee recommended increased facilities and coaching support for women's teams, and, within four years, equity in the number of athletic scholarships the University awards to men and women. Newton said these recommendations dovetail with a five-year plan the University announced last year to ensure virtually equal opportunities for female athletes.

Among its other recommendations, the committee proposes that classroom-sport conflicts be reduced for student athletes by scheduling courses required for academic majors in the morning or early afternoon whenever possible.

Newton said copies of the self-study would be made available at the O'Neill Library Reserve Desk.

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