Monday, October 25, 2021

Let's Make A Deal


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III
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1. Let's Make A Deal

by Jon Boeckenstedt, Higher Ed Data Stories

"Each year, NACUBO comes out with its discount study.  Let's talk about discount for a minute.  Different colleges talk about it differently, and even with this IPEDS data, it's impossible to be precise.  But discount rate essentially calculates how much of a college's tuition revenue is offered to students as institutional financial aid.

But there are some nuances to it.  Let's start with an example.  College X enrolls 1,000 students, and it charges tuition of $40,000.  That means gross revenue is $40,000,000.  If that college offers institutional aid of $10,000,000 to students, its discount rate is 10/40 or 25%.  If it offers $20,000,000 its discount is 20/40 or 50%.  Sounds easy.

But the assumption is that this aid is unfunded.  That is, for a typical student under that second scenario, college X says, "We'll charge you $40,000 and then apply a "scholarship" of $20,000, which is really an accounting transaction.  In other words, we'll educate you for $20,000 in cash. We've discounted your tuition by 50%.

Some aid, but typically not much, at private colleges in America is funded aid.  That is, it comes in as cash from another source, like an endowed scholarship.  When that happens, College X might charge $40,000, offer $10,000 of unfunded discount, and then use $10,000 of funded aid from that scholarship.  In this case, the college's net revenue is $30,000 ($10,000 from the scholarship in cash, and $20,000 from the student).  The discount is then only 25%."

>> Situational Awareness: "That net revenue piece is important, too.  Colleges need cash to operate (amazingly, some people think "not-for-profit" means colleges don't care about money.  They care.)  If that student in the first scenario is from a upper-middle class family, the $20,000 might come from family money like savings or checking or a 529 plan.  If that student comes from a very low-income family, the $20,000 might come from a Pell Grant of $6,000, a state grant of $5,000, a campus job, and a loan.  Where that cash comes from makes no difference to the college.  It's all cash, and it explains why colleges with lower tuitions can often afford to enroll lower-income students."

>> Highest Discount Rates Amongst DIII Private Institutions

  1. Bethany, 87.68%
  2. Hollins, 84.97%
  3. Hendrix, 83.44%
  4. Lycoming, 82.15%
  5. Albion, 81.80%
  6. Norwich, 80.60%
  7. Millsaps, 77.48%
  8. Cazenovia, 76.22%
  9. Marietta, 75.86%
  10. Coe, 75.03%
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2.  Champions

The Merchant Marine men and the St. Joseph-Long Island women won the first NCAA Division III cross country championships of the 2021-22 season with triumphs at the Skyline Conference meet in Milton, N.Y.

The Mariners were led by senior Aodhan Meyer who captured the individual title in 27:16.8 over the 8K course. It is the third straight crown for USMMA - the first time that has occurred in the Skyline since St. Joseph's-Long Island won four in a row between 2010-13.

The Golden Eagle women placed three runners in the top seven and seven in the top 13 to capture the championship. USMMA junior Sayra Raya won the individual race in a 6k time of 25:54.2, becoming the first repeat winner since St. Joseph's-Long Island's Christine Cristobal turned the trick in 2011-12. 

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The New England College men and the Lesley women were victorious at the New England Collegiate Conference cross country championships in Henniker, N.H.

The Pilgrims edged Eastern Nazarene by three points for the team title. Mitchell's Evan Carney won the individual race by nearly a minute.

>> Results

The Lynx women outpointed ENC for the team championshipLara Jacobs of Mitchell took the individual title, as she finished the 5k course in 20:58. 

>> Results


3. Football Overtimes

ICYMI - Illinois defeated Penn State, 20-18, in nine overtimes on Saturday. New NCAA rules dictate that after the first two OT periods that place the ball on the 25-yard line, if the score is still tied, all remaining overtimes are settled by alternating two-point conversion plays.

That got us thinking about the longest Division III games in history.

Six Overtimes
  1. Whittier (42) vs. Puget Sound (39), Sept. 25, 2010
  2. St. Olaf (29) vs. St. Thomas (23), Sept. 20, 2008
Five Overtimes
  1. Susquehanna (30) vs. Franklin & Marshall (28), Sept. 11, 2021 *
  2. Ursinus (17) vs. Millersville (9), Sept. 3, 2015
  3. St. Anselm (41) vs. Plymouth State (35), Sept. 5, 2009
  4. WPI (34) vs. Mass-Dartmouth (28), Sept. 6, 2008
* current format

4. About Last Weekend

Rye Jaran
Rye Jaran, Connecticut College

Soccer (M)

Soccer (W)

Field Hockey


Volleyball (W)

Tennis (W)
Scoreboards -  XC  |  FHK  |  FB  |  MSOC  |  WSOC  |  VB

5. Rankings

Sammy Darrell

  1. North Central (Ill.), 7-0
  2. Mary Hardin-Baylor, 7-0
  3. Wisconsin-Whitewater, 7-0
  4. Mount Union, 7-0
  5. Saint John's, 7-0
  6. Wheaton (Ill.), 6-1
  7. Linfield, 6-0
  8. Hardin-Simmons, 6-1
  9. Central, 7-0
  10. Delaware Valley, 7-0
>> Complete D3football Poll

>> Unbeatens (19): Birmingham-Southern, Central, Cortland, Delaware Valley, Ithaca, Lake Forest, Linfield, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Merchant Marine, Mount Union, North Central (Ill.), Saint John's, Susquehanna, Trinity (Conn.), Trinity (Texas), Union, Wesleyan, Williams, Wisconsin-Whitewater

>> Games We're Watching
  • No. 18 Susquehanna (7-0) at No. 20 Johns Hopkins (6-1)
  • George Fox (4-2) at No. 7 Linfield (6-0)
  • No. 15 Ithaca (7-0) at RPI (6-1)
  • No. 24 Washington & Jefferson (6-1) at Grove City (6-1)
  • Trinity, Conn. (6-0) at Williams (6-0)
  • Lake Forest (7-0) at Monmouth (6-1)
  • Benedictine (6-1) at Aurora (5-2)
  • Denison (5-2) at DePauw (6-1)

6.  Top Plays

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7.  Comings and Goings

8. Plus Ones


Weddings have come roaring back, and now you can swipe right to find a date on Tinder who will go with you, Erica Pandey writes for Axios What's Next.

  • Mentions of "plus one" in Tinder users' bios have jumped 45%, with a whopping slate of weddings scheduled after the pandemic backlog.

Erica's thought bubble: Sure, a wedding can feel like one of the worst places to fly solo. But is it really better to bring someone along as a first or second date?

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