StarNews: UNCW fee increase will add $1.2 million to athletic budget

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Submitted: Fri, 03/01/2013 - 1:52am
Updated: Fri, 03/01/2013 - 1:56am

By: Brian Mull 

The UNCW athletic department will receive a much-needed financial boost in the 2013-14 academic year.

Earlier this month, the UNC Board of Governors approved an athletics fee increase that will funnel an additional $1.2 million into the UNCW athletic budget.
“We’re excited about it,” UNCW athletic director Jimmy Bass said. “We think it will help us regain footing financially.”
The Board of Governors report dated Feb. 8 states that UNCW plans to use the money for a full-time assistant coach for both men’s and women’s golf teams, and to help fully fund scholarships for all women’s sports, in addition to other needs.
The overall UNCW student fee is actually decreasing by $138 in 2013-14, according to UNCW vice president of financial affairs Charles Maimone, because the university lowered by $239 the debt services fee each student must pay.
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  • Vog46 says:

    First – the games/meets are poorly attended so there is a loss financially for many sporting events. Over a season travel expenses exacerbate that loss.
    Second, neither the Seahawk club nor alumni associations are supporting the university sports like the “big boys” at UNC Chapel Hill.

    When I look at this fee increase this year, it’s part of a two year plan – there’s another increase coming next year of $100 per student. This cumulative fee increase amounts to a 33% increase over 2 years. I don’t care that their fees are low. Why should all students support programs that 2% of the student population play? That the boosters and alumni DON’T support? This is another case of socializing losses to benefit a certain few.
    UNCW is an institution of higher learning with a second rate sports program in a a league that is not recognized outside of the schools that are in it. Most folks don’t know what CAA stands for.
    That said Title IX would require that if a men’s sport is cancelled the women’s sport would be as well and the sports that are left would have to include the women’s team as well. If all we are left with is Men’s baseball and women’s softball and swimming diving so be it. Keep the sports that drive attendance and see what happens.
    But, under no circumstances should the financial security of the educational institution be threatened by a poorly performing and poorly attended sports program.



  • GuestBeachBumGirl says:

    find a men’s basketball coach who knows what “W” means and can start getting UNCW basketball more “W”s than “L”s.

  • taxpayer says:

    on a pig…it’s still a pig. I’m wondering if UNCW is trying their own version of The Great Society started by LBJ…which as we all know, has been an absolute failure…yet the Feds keep throwing more money after it year after year.

  • Guesttenheimer says:

    Just throw more tuition money towards a school “sports program”. Nothing like having a golf team endorsement on your diploma, huh? When it comes down to the focus of costs and education with State Universities, actions like this make it evident as to where the priorities are and thus the reason for their ranking deficiencies (and I’m not talking abour sports ranking either!).

  • Monkey Junction says:

    Funding for the sport’s programs at UNCW are the lowest of any school in the CAA. UNCW is at a big disadvantage with its athletic programs. With additional funding will hopefully come increased athletic success. Increased athletic success will raise the profile of the school among graduates and potential students. That in turn will raise donations and applications to the university.

    I think this is a great idea and will pay dividends for the current student population and future students.

  • taxpayer says:

    What percentage of the total student population is involved in scholarship sports…either full scholarships or partial? UNCW can throw all the money they want at their athletic program…they’ll still remain a low-level Div 1 program. If anything, they ought to consider going Division 2.

    When a Hoggard-New Hanover basketball game draws more fans at Trask than a UNCW game does…there’s a strong message being sent.

  • Guest2020 says:

    So I have to pay more for my child to go to college so that the school can build up it’s sports program, which has no bearing on my child whatsoever. That’s rather screwed up.

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