Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Buyers and Sellers


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III
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1. Buyers and Sellers

by Jeff Selingo

"It’s a concept I developed while researching and writing Who Gets In and Why.

The sellers are the “haves” of admissions. They are overwhelmed with applications, many from top students. They don’t need to buy students with tuition discounts to fill their classrooms. Most sellers offer financial assistance only to students who really need it or are truly exceptional.

The buyers are the “have-nots” in terms of admissions—although they might provide a superior undergraduate education. Rather than “select” a class, their admissions officers must work hard to recruit students and they must discount tuition through merit aid to fill classroom seats and beds in dorm rooms.

It’s best not to think of this as a scientific formula or a binary system. Rather use it as a guide in your search because most schools fall somewhere on the spectrum of buyers and sellers."

>> Why It Matters: "Too many of the students I followed for the book applied to great schools academically and they got in. But then they didn’t qualify for financial aid because they missed the cutoff for need-based aid. By then it was too late to apply elsewhere. They had too many sellers on their list of schools and not enough buyers."

>> Between The Lines: "I looked at three numbers:

  1. Percentage of applicants admitted
  2. Yield rate (the percentage admitted who chose to enroll)
  3. Percentage of institutional aid that is non-need based

The lower the admit rate, the higher the yield, and the larger the percentage of aid based on need, the more likely the school is a seller. Sellers make up a fairly small number of four-year colleges and universities, less than 10 percent. The vast majority of schools are somewhere on the spectrum of buyers."

>> The Big Picture: "None of this buyer-seller division is a reflection of the actual educational quality of the school. You can get a great education at a buyer. Most schools are buyers. I went to one myself. Savvy students willing to look beyond the brand-name sellers can find great schools that are buyers."

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2.  How COVID Has Affected Swimming

CHAMPIONS! Men's Swimming Wins First Centennial Title - Swarthmore College  Athletics
by Michael Stott, Swimming World

"While college swimming has assumed a back-in-business profile, all is not exactly as it seems. Admittedly, the COVID-induced 22-month hiatus disrupted familiar operational and competitive rhythms. That left even more of a divide between schools and divisions, says Jon Howell, whose Emory women have won every NCAA D-III championship since 2010 (10 in a row, with the meet canceled in 2020 and 2021).

“I see that range of disparity growing at least for a while,” he said. “It’s been hard on a lot of institutions, and people have had to make some serious cutbacks. I don’t see that going away in a year. What we are finding is that COVID seems to be a little behind us, but there are still ripples that create waves we have to manage.”

And those ripples affect every aspect of the competitive spectrum: athlete and coaching routines, planning, practices, meets, travel and recruiting. While restrictions upon campuses have eased, some universals remain, especially masking and forms of social distancing."

>> Background: “There’s just more to think about on a daily basis,” said Johns Hopkins coach Scott Armstrong. “Mandatory indoor masking, weekly COVID tests for all athletes. We have an app where athletes have to register any travel and take a daily health check. Last year really affected their social lives most of all, party registrations and size limits. This year, most of the teams on campus are just not socializing in big groups out of fear of losing their seasons. They are really trying to be above reproach so that they don’t lose their ability to compete again,” he says."

>> Why It Matters: "Practicing without restrictions has been a blessing, especially for a team like Hopkins with a six-lane pool. “Last spring was a mess—basically, we could only swim five hours per week, but now we are pretty well back to normal,” said Armstrong. “I am much more likely to cut the filler out of the practices and just goof around with swimmers more. We really are focusing more on making the pool a fun place while also getting the main thing done.”

>> Recruiting Challenge: "From Armstrong’s perspective, Hopkins recruiting “totally changed and still changes every week. The current class of first-years didn’t really get any sort of a visit process. And this current group got only one-day visits. That pushed this already accelerating timeline up even more. Emory faces a very similar situation. “The reality with the ’23s is I’m not going to know who is a really good fit until the spring anyway because junior year is such a pivotal year academically. I don’t think we’ll have a junior who can commit. That’s a D-I reality. We need more time to unfold before we can go down that path,” Howell said."

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    3.  Spectator Policies

    I wish we didn't need to keep this section going ... but schools continue to make announcements about their spectator policies. Because of that, we will continue to make you - our readers - aware of the most recent changes.

    Restricted (45)
    These schools are mostly restricting spectators to those within the college community or those on a pass list.

    Connecticut (3): Connecticut College, Trinity, Wesleyan
    Illinois (6): Elmhurst, Illinois College, Illinois Wesleyan, Lake Forest, North Central, Wheaton
    Indiana (2): Earlham, Manchester
    Maine (3): Bates, Bowdoin, Colby
    Maryland (1)Hood
    Minnesota (2): Augsburg, Saint John's
    Massachusetts (11): Amherst, Anna Maria, Brandeis, MIT, Regis, Smith, Tufts, Wellesley, Williams, WPI, Worcester State
    New York (7): Bard, CCNY, Hamilton, Hunter, Ithaca, John Jay, RPI
    Ohio (1): Baldwin Wallace
    Pennsylvania (7)Allegheny, Arcadia, Chatham, Franklin & Marshall, Thiel, Ursinus, Washington & Jefferson
    Vermont (1): Middlebury
    Wisconsin (2): Alverno, Carroll

    Must Show Proof of Vaccination or Recent Test (26)
    These schools are mostly restricting spectators to those who can display proof a vaccination/booster or a recent COVID-19 negative test.

    California (1): Chapman
    Connecticut (4): Albertus Magnus, Coast Guard, Eastern Connecticut, Saint Joseph's
    Georgia (1): Agnes Scott
    Illinois (3): Augustana, Illinois Tech, North Park
    Maine (1): Southern Maine
    Massachusetts (2): Babson, Springfield
    Michigan (1): Kalamazoo
    Minnesota (1): St. Olaf
    New Jersey (4): FDU-Florham, New Jersey City, Rutgers-Newark, William Paterson
    New York (7): Baruch, Hartwick, Nazareth, Oneonta, RIT, Sage, Union
    Ohio (1): Denison
    Pennsylvania (1): Muhlenberg

    No Spectators Until Further Notice (89)
    These schools are prohibiting all spectators as we understand.

    California (2): Redlands, UC Santa Cruz
    Connecticut (2): Mitchell, Western Connecticut
    District of Columbia (2): Catholic, Gallaudet
    Georgia (1): Emory
    Illinois (1): Knox
    Kentucky (1): Transylvania
    Maine (3): Maine Maritime, Saint Joseph's, Thomas
    Maryland (3): Goucher, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame
    Massachusetts (16): Bridgewater State, Clark, Dean, Eastern Nazarene, Elms, Emerson, Fitchburg StateFramingham State, Gordon, Mass-Boston, MCLA, Salem State, Simmons, Suffolk, Wellesley, Wentworth
    Minnesota (3): Carleton, Macalester, Saint Mary's
    Missouri (2): Fontbonne, Washington U.
    New Hampshire (2): Keene State, Rivier
    New Jersey (3): Ramapo, Saint Elizabeth, Stevens
    New York (20): Brooklyn, Farmingdale State, Keuka, Manhattanville, Maritime, Medaille, Merchant Marine, Mount St. Mary, Mount Saint Vincent, NYU, Old Westbury, Purchase, Rochester, St. Joseph's (Brooklyn), St. Joseph's (L.I.), Sarah Lawrence, Skidmore, SUNY Poly, Vassar, Yeshiva
    Ohio (3): Case Western Reserve, Hiram, Wilmington
    Pennsylvania (19): Alvernia, Bryn Athyn, Bryn Mawr, Cairn, Carnegie Mellon, Cedar Crest, Clarks Summit, Dickinson, Eastern, Gettysburg, Haverford, Keystone, Rosemont, Saint Vincent, Swarthmore, Valley Forge, Widener, Wilkes, Wilson
    Rhode Island (1): Rhode Island College
    Tennessee (1): Rhodes
    Vermont (1): Castleton
    Virginia (2): Mary Baldwin, Marymount

    The list is not complete nor comprehensive.

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    Tim Gleason, recently retired commissioner of the Ohio Athletic Conference, has an interactive and dynamic presentation on sportsmanship designed for coaches and students alike. Named a Sports Ethics Fellow by the Institute for International Sport, Gleason's lineup includes:
    • What is Sportsmanship?
    • The Combustion of Sports
    • Recognize the Escalation
    • The Parent Trap
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    • Officials and the Downward Spiral
    • The 10 Canons of Sportsmanship
    • How Can You Pass the Test?
    Good sportsmanship promotes respect, honor, discipline, inclusion, resilience, and perseverance, as well as impacting the educational process.
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    Sports Do Not Build Character. They Reveal It.

    4.    Watchlist

      MBB: Linfield at Whitworth, 8 p.m. PST 

    • It's a late night showdown for first place. Dempsey Roggenbuck leads the Wildcats and the NWC in scoring at 21.1 ppg. Watch
      WBB: Salisbury at Scranton, 2 p.m. EST
    • A non-conference game that will go a long way in determining position when the first regional ranking is released. Bridget Monaghan and Abby Anderson combine for 36.1 ppg. for the Royals. Watch

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