University Athletics Advisory Committee

Annual Report, Academic Year 1997-98

submitted by Frederic J. Medway, Chair

The University Athletics Advisory Committee (AAC) met monthly during the 1997-98 year from October through June. At the October meeting the Chair outlined the duties of the committee as stated in the bylaws of the AAC. The major duties of the committee are to ensure that students athletes are challenged academically and that each student athlete has a positive collegiate experience. To this end the committee routinely monitors athletes' and teams' grades, and the academic support system. A second major duty of the AAC is to encourage faculty, students, and coaches to work closely together toward the common goal of educating and graduating a high percentage of student athletes. Third, the AAC works with coaches, faculty, and the athletic department to produce graduates who will become successful citizens in their individual communities.

The AAC did not tour any athletic facilities this year because most members had been to these facilities. There were discussions of the new proposed basketball area, fan behavior, and new policies regarding student athletes and work. It was announced that the Athletic Department will provide $1.65 million to the University=s general academic scholarship fund over the upcoming five year period.

Dr. McGee attended almost all the meetings and scheduled coaches from several sports and new coaches as requested. Among those who reported to the committee were Brad Scott (Football), Eddie Fogler (Men's Basketball), Susan Walvius (Women's Basketball), Ray Tanner (Baseball), and Curtis Frye (Men's and Women's track). Harold White made regular reports on the status of academic support programs. Dr. John Palms, USC President, attended one of the meetings to support the committee's work.

Dr. Susan VanHuss, NCAA/SEC representative was present at all meetings except one. She reported several times on upcoming legislative issues and proposals, and sought committee input. Mr. Arthur Bahnmuller, Board of Trustee representative, attended nearly all the meetings as well.

The Registrar, Richard Bayer, and Barbara Blaney, furnished academic information on all athletes for the summer 1997 session, fall 1997 session, and spring 1998 session. Bayer attended meetings regularly. Forty percent of student-athletes (165) earned a GPA of 3.0 and above during the fall semester and the football team=s graduation rate was second in the SEC. . Concerns were raised about grades of the basketball team for both fall and spring semesters.

The AAC participated for the third time as co-sponsor of the Scholar Athlete Reception in which student athletes name professors who made impact on their academic success. These professors are named "Gamecock Faculty All Stars" and honored at a reception. The AAC chair also wrote commendation letters to the faculty and their Deans. There was a marked increase in the number of students attending and faculty nominees present.

The Chair of the committee attended meetings of the Board of Trustees Intercollegiate Activities Committee and several USC athletic events and banquets.

The committee elected Dr. Roy Schwartzman of the Department of Theater and Speech as Chair of the AAC for 1998-89.

Committee membership includes:

six faculty representatives

two undergraduate student representatives

a graduate student representative

a student athlete

NCAA Compliance Officer

Vice President for Student Affairs

Athletics Director

NCAA/SEC faculty Representative

member of the Intercollegiate Activities Committee of the Board of Trustees

The following nonmembers usually attended:

Director of Academic Support Programs in the Athletic Department

Assoc. Athletic Director/Sr. Women's Admin.

Representative of Office of Media Relations

University Registrar or Representative

This page updated 25 August 1998 by the Office of the Faculty Senate,
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