ERIC Number: ED231779
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
The Administrative Housing of Intercollegiate Athletics: Independent or Affiliated with an Academic Department.
Massengale, John D.; Merriman, John W.
Independent and affiliated models are two different types of administrative organization in college athletic departments. An independent athletic department is a conglomerate of smaller units, of varying size, which are in competition with each other for limited resources, institutional recognition, and public acclaim. The primary purpose of an independent athletic department is to satisfy many of the external demands, placed on an educational institution, which may or may not be compatible with the role and mission of the institution. An independent model features an athletic department that is definitely not an academic department, as there are no degree programs. When intercollegiate athletics is affiliated with an academic unit, several features become evident. Athletic personnel and programs report directly through normal academic channels regardless of whether departments, divisions, professional schools, or even colleges become involved. An affiliated model also features a system where evaluation and worth are determined by the quality of benefits and the total contribution made, and not just by numbers of benefits or numbers of dollars. Other topics discussed in this paper about independent and affiliated athletic departments include: (1) administrative responsibility; (2) expendable sports and programs; (3) philosophy and ethics; (4) faculty evaluation and tenure; (5) budget sources; and (6) academic majors and degree programs. (JMK)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Athletic Administration; Athletic Departments