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Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:48 pm

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EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette announced that it will be engaging a consulting firm to conduct a review of the athletic program and make recommendations on improving the College's competitiveness in the Patriot League.

"We will conduct a thorough review of our intercollegiate athletics program and develop precise recommendations for a shared strategic direction that ensures the athletic program's resources are aligned with the mission and goals of the institution," said Bruce McCutcheon, director of athletics.

A committee made up of staff, faculty, and trustees is being formed to work with the consultant. The project, which will begin this month and conclude next April, will include interviews with athletics personnel, College administrators, faculty, students, trustees, and other internal and external constituents. It will benchmark the scope, costs, and outcomes of Lafayette's athletic program with programs at other Patriot League and Division I FCS private institutions.

The committee will make recommendations to the President of the College, Alison Byerly. "I look forward to hearing the committee's recommendations about how we can best use our resources and commitment to develop outstanding student-athletes, and to be successful competitors in the Patriot League," said Byerly.

Lafayette, a charter member of the Patriot League, fields teams in 23 sports in NCAA Division I athletics. Some 540 students, about 22 percent of Lafayette's student body, participate in varsity athletics each year.

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Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:30 pm

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EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette announced that it will be engaging a consulting firm to conduct a review of the athletic program and make recommendations on improving the College's competitiveness in the Patriot League.

"We will conduct a thorough review of our intercollegiate athletics program and develop precise recommendations for a shared strategic direction that ensures the athletic program's resources are aligned with the mission and goals of the institution," said Bruce McCutcheon, director of athletics.

A committee made up of staff, faculty, and trustees is being formed to work with the consultant. The project, which will begin this month and conclude next April, will include interviews with athletics personnel, College administrators, faculty, students, trustees, and other internal and external constituents. It will benchmark the scope, costs, and outcomes of Lafayette's athletic program with programs at other Patriot League and Division I FCS private institutions.

The committee will make recommendations to the President of the College, Alison Byerly. "I look forward to hearing the committee's recommendations about how we can best use our resources and commitment to develop outstanding student-athletes, and to be successful competitors in the Patriot League," said Byerly.

Lafayette, a charter member of the Patriot League, fields teams in 23 sports in NCAA Division I athletics. Some 540 students, about 22 percent of Lafayette's student body, participate in varsity athletics each year.


I await this most anticipated "study."

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Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:04 pm

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The Express has a positive view of it.
President Byerly is acting. That's her job and she's doing it. As long as the focus is Patriot League competiveness this is on target.


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Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:22 pm

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Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 5:52 am

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I am cautiously optimistic - but am concerned about academia studying athletics with an unbiased eye.  Let's see make up of committee - any background on consultant ?

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Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 6:15 am

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seenalot wrote:
I am cautiously optimistic - but am concerned about academia studying athletics with an unbiased eye. Let's see make up of committee - any background on consultant ?


The make up of this committee is key. I would like to see some alums ( other than BOT members ) on this committee. That would give me great comfort.

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Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 6:30 am

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Lafalum wrote:
The make up of this committee is key.
Agree.

It is worth noting that committees is how President Byerly has built consensus support with faculty/staff to bring change to the College. See her Presidential Task Forces, which led to growing the size of the College and a new vision for Residential Life that includes Greek Life.

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Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 6:31 am

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Lafalum wrote:
seenalot wrote:
I am cautiously optimistic - but am concerned about academia studying athletics with an unbiased eye. Let's see make up of committee - any background on consultant ?


The make up of this committee is key. I would like to see some alums ( other than BOT members ) on this committee. That would give me great comfort.
It's about time!!! I'm guessing the repeated emails to her has worked!
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Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:50 am

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This is great news. Not only is Byerly acting by creating this committee and hiring the consultant but according to the article she will be the one receiving and reviewing the recommendations. Bruce may not report directly to the President, but I appreciate the presidential step-in.

I think it is also important to note that the announced goal of the committee is to improve competitiveness in the league. I agree that the make up of the committee is important, but I think it is more important that the stated goal is competitiveness, which can be quantitatively measured through either wins or margin of victory/defeat and not the blanket term success which can be mutated into graduation rates, academic acumen, etc.

Any shot the college releases the findings of the study?
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Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:54 am

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LeopardBall10 wrote:
Any shot the college releases the findings of the study?
If the past is prologue, yes. The College released the results of three initiatives she launched in a similar fashion.

https://president.lafayette.edu/presidential-task-force-reports/

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Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:59 am

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Very Happy

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Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:06 am

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BPard wrote:
]If the past is prologue, yes. The College released the results of three initiatives she launched in a similar fashion.

https://president.lafayette.edu/presidential-task-force-reports/


The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. I'll take it. Wins and comparable success are easy to track, etc. How the committee views overall culture will dictate a large portion of the results.
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Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:29 am

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My recommendation to the consulting firm is that they interview many alums on this board AND pay as little attention to the Board of Trustees as possible (depending, of course, which Board Members are on the task force).

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Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:02 am

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November Fool's Day joke?  It is November 1...

I'll believe it when I see it... not holding my breath... LC is good at many things: administration is not one of them.
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Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:52 am

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if you are forming a task force and bringing in an outside consultant to tell you why a department isn't performing well, doesn't that pretty much answer the question?
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Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:33 am

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Another tank job aimed at " finding" we belong in DIII ?

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Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:10 am

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68er - You've expressed my fears exactly.  Folks, we don't need a blue ribbon panel to study why we aren't competitive.  We simply need the top of the administration to say, "Enough.  We are committed to winning.", then follow through by holding each team accountable, replacing those that need replaced, and/or funding those that need funded.  

I hope President Byerly isn't using this for cover, but it sure smells like it.  Unfortunately history shows, the more faculty and administration involved (and consequently, fewer alumni) the worse it is for athletics.  I would love to give her the benefit of the doubt, but her predecessors have poisoned the well.
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Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:27 am

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WVPard wrote:
68er - You've expressed my fears exactly. Folks, we don't need a blue ribbon panel to study why we aren't competitive. We simply need the top of the administration to say, "Enough. We are committed to winning.", then follow through by holding each team accountable, replacing those that need replaced, and/or funding those that need funded.

I hope President Byerly isn't using this for cover, but it sure smells like it. Unfortunately history shows, the more faculty and administration involved (and consequently, fewer alumni) the worse it is for athletics. I would love to give her the benefit of the doubt, but her predecessors have poisoned the well.


Wow. It says "how...to be more competitive in the Patriot League." You guys are stretching it a bit on the negative side.

Overall though regarding the study, isnt this what you pay an AD to do?

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Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:39 am

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Andy wrote:


Wow. It says "how...to be more competitive in the Patriot League." You guys are stretching it a bit on the negative side.



Seconded.  Let's see what actually happens before jumping to conclusions.

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Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:00 pm

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88 - Would Ellis and Kolleval need to put together a blue ribbon panel to study something as simple as this?  

I highly doubt it.  Not that they were the end-all and be-all, but my recollection was that across the board, as a school, we were more competitive than we are now.

I am truly hoping for the best...


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