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Planning with Athletics: Balancing Program Demand with Campus Mission & Culture

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  • On many campuses, athletics programs continue to isolate student athletes and create exclusivity of facility use. This can create resentment and division on campus and diminish support from the broader campus community. Athletics' growth and demand for dedicated facilities can challenge institutional principles, but through strategic alliances and planning, you can maximize benefits for your campus community, increase efficiencies, and better engage student athletes. This session will help you find solutions that benefit your entire campus community and reinforce your institutional mission through understanding the issues facing athletics and identifying new strategic associations.

    Learning Outcome 1: Proactively seek opportunities to integrate the needs of athletics with campus wide initiatives or master planning.

    Learning Outcome 2: Prepare for potential athletics donor-initiated improvements that might disrupt the master plan implementation schedule or other institutional facility priorities.

    Learning Outcome 3: Assess the utilization and location of athletics' large facilities (including fields) to determine if they present other campus benefits, such as special events and accommodating other academic needs.

    Learning Outcome 4: Consider strategic relationships that athletics can have with other academic, recreation, and wellness departments that could reinforce the institutional culture and break down barriers between athletes and non-athletes.

    Continuing Education Credits: AIA LU 1.0 Unit (SCUPM20C454) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

    Presented By: Christopher Sgarzi, Prinicpal, Sasaki | Erin McDermott, Director of Athletics, University of Chicago | Matt Robinson, President of Faculty Senate, University of Delaware | Joe Sterrett, Dean of Athletics, Lehigh University