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Whether you are an NCAA DI, II or III program, athletics plays a pivotal role on many campuses. It is the most visible activity, and draws attention and scrutiny from the outside.

Hosted by Karen Weaver, EdD, (with guest hosts along the way), she will walk listeners through how oversight of athletics is viewed from above and outside the athletics department. Whether a Trustee or a President; a higher education scholar, an Education reporter, or a part of an oversight agency, it promises to be insightful conversation.

https://linktr.ee/DrKarenWeaver.

Trustees and Presidents- Opportunities and Challenges In Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Karen Weaver

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Whether you are an NCAA DI, II or III program, athletics plays a pivotal role on many campuses. It is the most visible activity, and draws attention and scrutiny from the outside.

Hosted by Karen Weaver, EdD, (with guest hosts along the way), she will walk listeners through how oversight of athletics is viewed from above and outside the athletics department. Whether a Trustee or a President; a higher education scholar, an Education reporter, or a part of an oversight agency, it promises to be insightful conversation.

https://linktr.ee/DrKarenWeaver.

    Presidential Support From A Division I Athletics Director's Perspective-What works and what doesn't

    Presidential Support From A Division I Athletics Director's Perspective-What works and what doesn't

    Those who have been listening to the podcast for awhile now know that I have interviewed very few people who work inside an athletics department. I do this because there is a gap in our knowledge and understanding of all the different stakeholders whose work is impacted by athletics, and who work in other parts of the university ecosystem.

    Setting that principle aside for this week..... I'm joined by a former 2x Division I Athletics Director at the Group of 5 and Power 5 level, Dr. Brad Bates. Brad was the Athletics Director at Miami University of Ohio, and Boston College; he was also a Senior Associate AD at Vanderbilt. Today, he is Vice President at Collegiate Sports Associates.

    I wanted to talk with Brad about how Presidents and Trustees can effectively come along side of athletics directors in dealing with difficult, public facing issues, and when, perhaps, they should not interfere. I think it is important for senior leaders to hear from those who have been in the trenches to know if the support provided is adequate and appropriate.

    Also, Brad and his colleague, Jason Belzer, prepared a very detailed case study on the dynamics of a search committee trying to hire a revenue sport coach in men's basketball. It is a fascinating look at the politics and personalities that can influence who gets the job. 

    Case Study on how to hire a men's basketball coach 


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    • 25 min
    What Does College Athletics Look Like in 2021?

    What Does College Athletics Look Like in 2021?

    What questions are facing higher education leaders as they begin to think about college athletics in 2021?
    How comfortable are we with the optics of playing college football this fall? How does it reflect on all of higher education?
    Are the discussions around creating a "basketball bubble" appropriate if athlete health and welfare is considered important?
    How can we have fans in the stands, and at the same time, no students on campus?
    Why NOW is the time to be inclusive when it comes to athlete's voices.

    Senior leaders in higher education need more opportunities to discuss and debate these important issues with other leaders and informed by the research.

    I joined the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania in September 2020 to create content that builds on this webinar. Listen carefully, and I'll tell you more about the work that lies ahead.


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    • 33 min
    Who Decides Whether A College Survives Or Dies? In Part, the Accreditation Agency It Belongs To

    Who Decides Whether A College Survives Or Dies? In Part, the Accreditation Agency It Belongs To

    One of the most important things for a college to have is a seal of approval from an outside agency. This agency certifies on a regular basis that, among other things, the college is worthy of Federal Funds, is meeting academic standards, managing its finances appropriately and transparently, and is providing a quality experience for its students. This agency is often called an accreditation organization.

    My guest today, Dr. Larry Schall, is the newly installed President of the New England Commission of Higher Education. Larry and I will discuss the role that accreditation plays in not only colleges staying open, but also the unenviable ending of a college closing. But we won’t stop there. Larry was President for 15 years at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA, and VP of Administration at Swarthmore College before that. He has spent a long career in Division III, and also served on the Southern Athletic Association’s Presidents Commission during the past spring of Covid sports closures.

    More info about NECHE: link


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    • 40 min
    Who's In Charge In The Big Ten? Why The 1990 Decision To Add Penn State Might Give Us A Clue

    Who's In Charge In The Big Ten? Why The 1990 Decision To Add Penn State Might Give Us A Clue

    The Roots of the Big Ten's Disconnectedness Go Back 30 Years. 

    When the Big Ten Conference added Penn State University in 1990, ADs jumped up and down screaming that the Presidents had made a decision without their input. Back then, the Athletic Directors ran the conference, and could not have imagined the Presidents even cared about how the Conference was run. Later, this was an early signal that the NCAA would eventually designate Presidents as the decision makers in college sports,

    Powerful coaches like Bo Schembechler of Michigan and Bobby Knight at Indiana weighed in publicly at the time as to (in their view), the insanity of the President's recommendation. (Sound familiar, Ryan Day, current OSU football coach?) Over 8 months, the question loomed--would the "Council of Ten" Presidents hold firm, or would they buckle under the pressure from the powerful coaches?

    There are parallels with the struggles as to "who's in charge" that are relevant today. Who makes the decision if/when they return to play? 

    Is it the:


    Coaches?
    Athletic Directors?
    Medical Doctors"
    The Players?
    Kevin Warren, the Big Ten Commissioner?
    The Local Politicians?
    The State Health Board?
    Or the Presidents?

    I’m joined today by columnist David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News. David has covered Penn State basketball for 28 seasons and Penn State football for 27, first as the beat writer and, since 2002, as a columnist.  He is a multi award winning journalist; a past president of the FWAA and was inducted into the USBWA HOF in 2018. 

    David wrote an insightful article looking back at the political battles waged in getting Penn State into the Conference, and we discuss why they apply to today's landscape. We'll discuss and debate the critical issues and talk about the role of Kevin Warren, the new Commissioner of the Big Ten.


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    • 30 min
    A Senior Leader's Guide To Navigating Names, Images and Likenesses Quagmire-A Former Chair of the NCAA Presidents' Council Clarifies The Complexities

    A Senior Leader's Guide To Navigating Names, Images and Likenesses Quagmire-A Former Chair of the NCAA Presidents' Council Clarifies The Complexities

    "This may be the most significant development for athlete's economic rights in our lifetime"- Walt Harrison, former chair of the NCAA President's Council.

    Your athletic program is about to look very different.

    Simply put, some of your athletes on campus are about to elevate their brand (and their income) while playing for your school. What that will look like is being hotly debated right now, with many groups weighing in (including asking for Congressional intervention). College Athletics at all levels will soon look very different once "Names, Images and Likenesses" is fully implemented nationwide. 

    Affecting all NCAA and NAIA divisions, it's important for those who aspire to be a campus senior leader to understand what this means, how this works, and the massive compliance issues at play.

    My guest today will walk us through the issues, the need for external oversight, and the position of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, a long time advocate for academic changes and fiscal responsibility. Joining our conversation, and representing the KCIA, is President Emeritus of the University of Hartford, Dr. Walter Harrison.

    Many of my listeners know this topic has been quite controversial. In Fall of 2019, California became the first state to pass legislation to permit college athletes to get “paid” (if you will) for their brand on social media platforms, teaching sport skills, and other things that regular college students were permitted to do.

    Now, the NCAA is “on the clock”, and is under great pressure to design a solution that doesn’t create a “pay for play” recruiting situation. It is a challenging proposition. How will your school adapt?

    Here are the 5 basic principles of fairness as proposed by the Knight Commission, and referenced in the discussion:

    1. Fairness to Athletes as Students

    2. Informing Athletes on NIL Rights

    3. Oversight of NIL Rights

    4. Guardrails for NIL Rights

    5. National uniformity.

    Beginning on September 16, the KCIA will host a series of four virtual forums titled "Transforming the Division I Model".  Registration is now open.

    Full disclosure:  I served as a researcher to the KCIA this summer.






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    • 34 min
    The Role Of College Trustees In Making Athletics Decisions: The Synergy Between Boards and Presidents

    The Role Of College Trustees In Making Athletics Decisions: The Synergy Between Boards and Presidents

    A conversation exploring college athletics not from the court, field, or locker room…but from the board room.

    From the White House to the Big House and everywhere in between, there’s a remarkable amount of chatter about the decisions being made and those making the decisions. But for all we hear about and chancellors, athletics directors and commissioners, there’s one group we don’t hear much about: trustees.

    Guest host Scott Flanagan talks with Peter Eckel, Ed. D to explore the appropriate role for trustees in decision making around intercollegiate athletics. This conversation approaches intercollegiate athletics through a different lens…one that isn’t about wins and losses, TV contracts, business models, or enrollment goals. 

    We explore the unique and important role trustees can play in asking the right questions, putting intercollegiate athletics in a broader context, and supporting leaders during this unprecedented time of extended stress.

    Peter is a long-time researcher and practitioner of university governance. He currently serves the co-director of the Penn Project on University Governance, has directly advanced trusteeship through his work at the Association of Governing Boards, and is a noted author whose most recent work (Practical Wisdom: Thinking Differently about College and University Governance, co-authored with Cathy Trower) reframes the work of board leadership.

    An important conversation for those who want to understand the role that Boards should and should not play in athletics decisions.




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    • 32 min

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