October 16, 2007


ATTENDING:  Jim Antes, William Berhmann, Charlie Bridgeford, Judy DeMers, Ray Diez, Jon Jackson, Sue Jeno, Amanda Kaler, Susan Nelson, Glenn Olsen, Donna Pearson, Betty Ralston, Lowell Schweigert, Bruce Smith, Paul Todhunter


Guest:  Alice Brekke, Budget Director and Assistant to the President


Recorder:  Bev Hopman


Ray Diez called the meeting to order at 4:33 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union. 


Minutes:  Judy DeMers moved the minutes from the September 18, 2007, meeting be approved as submitted.  Sue Jeno seconded.  Motion carried.


DI Proforma:  Alice Brekke, Budget Director and Assistant to the President, distributed copies of the Proforma which showed budget predictions through 2012-13.  Ms. Brekke explained that the Proforma is a dynamic document and will be continually changed and updated as new information becomes available.  Regular reports will be made to all of the stakeholders as these decisions are made.  Either Alice Brekke or Cory Hilliard will give quarterly updates to the IAC.  Glenn Olsen questioned whether the revenue projections were realistic.  Alice Brekke stated that inflationary figures were built into the report, but that it would be reviewed regularly and changes made as deemed appropriate.  Charlie Bridgeford asked what the ratio of institutional provided money to athletic provided money would be under this plan.  Alice Brekke replied that in 2007, UND athletics received 22% of its funding from the institution and 78% from its own sources.  The DI average is 65% institutional and 35% athletics.  The projected goal in the Proforma for 2012 is 43% institutional and 57% athletics.


The Division I report to President Kupchella along with the Proforma can be viewed at the following website: 


FAR Updates: 

  • Sue Jeno reported that the DI Transition Advisory Committee met on October 16.  It was determined that the committee would concentrate on developing a strategic plan to submit to the NCAA by the June 1, 2008 deadline.
  • Sue Jeno will be serving on the executive committee for the WCHA.   A major topic of discussion is that Wayne State will be dropping DI hockey.  This will impact Bemidji State and other schools in the CHA. 
  • Each faculty member of the IAC has been asked to work with about 50 student-athletes and their coaches to address academic and student life issues.  At the last IAC meeting, the members present chose which sport or sports they wanted to work with.  The balance of the sports were assigned as follows: Susan Nelson – men’s and women’s swimming; Jon Jackson – football offense; Donna Pearson – football defense; Bruce Smith – baseball and softball.  One of their tasks will be to assist with exit interviews which will be a requirement as UND transitions to DI.  Sue Jeno will get more information out to IAC members soon.


Athletic Department Updates:

  • Betty Ralston reported that Janet Judge from Sports Law Associates has been on campus conducting a gender equity study.  A report with recommendations is expected by the end of December. Paul Todhunter asked how often gender equity studies are conducted.  Betty Ralston said this is the first outside study conducted by UND but that they should be done every 5 years.  As part of the DI move, a self-study will be due to the NCAA by May 1, 2011.  The NCAA will be making the decision to certify UND as DI in February of 2012.  If UND does not follow the gender equity recommendations, it could put certification in jeopardy. 
  • Three positions are currently open in Athletics.  Interviews were completed on October 16 for the Director of Athletic Academic Services. Judy DeMers and Amanda Kaler served on the committee.  Kyle Brennan was offered the job as Director of Compliance.  He initially accepted the position and then withdrew.  The position is being reopened with the possibility of an Assistant AD title to attract more quality candidates.  Athletics is also seeking an Associate AD/CFO.  Alice Brekke is chairing the committee.  Applications closed October 12.   Susan Nelson asked if the marketing position was being filled.  Betty Ralston said that position would be addressed when the Athletic Director was back in the office.


Compliance Updates:

  • Betty Ralston passed out copies of the preliminary Academic Progress Rate (APR) Institutional Report.  The report is critical to DI teams since scholarships can be lost if teams do not meet NCAA guidelines.  At this time, only men’s and women’s hockey are DI and neither team is having any problems. 
  • Track and field will no longer have an early signing deadline.  Recruits can now be signed from February – August.
  • Betty Ralston will represent Athletics at the Enrollment Services open house on November 3.


The next meeting is scheduled for November 20 at 4:30 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union.  Ray Diez asked members to submit any items for the agenda to him.  The meeting adjourned at 5:25 p.m.