Thursday, March 3, 2022

Confident. With An Asterisk *

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


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1.  Confident. With An Asterisk *

About Berry College
by Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

"Even as COVID-19 slowly eases its grip on colleges and universities, campus leaders would seem to have plenty to worry about. Enrollments have fallen sharply since the beginning of the pandemic, the federal government has closed the spigot of generous recovery aid and political intrusion into curricular matters and college governance is on the rise.

Higher ed leaders seem unfazed, though: Inside Higher Ed’s 2022 Survey of College and University Presidents finds them upbeat and generally confident that their institutions are prepared for what’s ahead.

Most notably, they are optimistic about their institutions’ financial situation: more than three-quarters of respondents agree that their college will be financially stable over the next decade, most think their institution is in stronger shape now than it was a year ago and a majority believe it will be better off next year than it is now."

>> Situational Awareness: "Presidents and chancellors recognize that the pandemic has altered the higher education landscape in key ways: more than two-thirds (71 percent) say their institution must fundamentally change its business model or other operations, and 91 percent agree (52 percent strongly) that their college or university will keep some of the COVID-19–related changes it made even when the pandemic ends. More agree (50 percent) than disagree (34 percent) that the pandemic will cause a shift toward more virtual instruction “for years to come.”

>> Highlights: "Among other highlights of the survey of 375 college chief executives, conducted by Hanover Research on behalf of Inside Higher Ed"

  • A majority of campus leaders say that fewer than a quarter of their nonfaculty employees are working remotely this spring, and about three-quarters say the proportion of remote workers has decreased (50 percent significantly) since the 2020–21 academic year. About half say their institution has altered its employment policies to give employees more flexibility about when and how they work after the pandemic ends.
  • Most presidents (85 percent) say their institutions have not had serious high-level discussions about merging with another college or university. Leaders at private nonprofit colleges are twice as likely as their public college peers (20 percent versus 11 percent) to say that.
  • Most presidents expressed confidence in their institution’s stability, with 77 percent agreeing (31 percent strongly) that they are confident in their institution’s financial stability over the coming decade. Presidents of colleges in the Northeast (69 percent) were less likely than their peers elsewhere to express confidence in their 10-year outlook, with those in the South (83 percent) most likely.
>> What They're Saying: “I read this as people were pretty much on a high, saying, ‘Whew, we got through that, and it’s starting to feel normal again,’” Dale Whittaker, former president and provost at the University of Central Florida and now a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said. “What you may have got here was what they felt, not their pure intellectual assessment. It just feels so much better after being under so much pressure.”

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2. St. Scholastica Hit With Probation


Athletics Communications - The College of St. Scholastica Athletics

by Saqandra Heath, NCAA

"The former St. Scholastica men's ice hockey head coach committed NCAA violations when he provided impermissible benefits consisting of loans for off-campus housing accommodations and a meal to multiple student-athletes. The former head coach also engaged in impermissible out-of-season activity by attending voluntary athletic activities and discussing hockey strategy in out-of-season meetings. The Division III Committee on Infractions determined that these were major violations and further support the agreed-upon head coach responsibility violation.

This case was resolved through the cooperative summary disposition process, in which all involved parties agree to the facts and violations set forth. St. Scholastica and the former head coach accepted the penalties, and neither party may appeal.

The committee prescribed the following penalties and corrective measures:

  • Two years of probation.
  • A $2,500 fine.
  • A one-year show-cause order for the former head coach. During that period, any NCAA member school employing him must require him to attend the 2022 NCAA Regional Rules Seminar at his own expense.
  • The school must undergo an outside audit of its athletics policies and procedures, with emphasis on policies relating to international student-athlete matriculation.

St. Scholastica self-imposed the following penalties:

  • Suspended the former head coach for three games during the 2020-21 season.
  • Suspended the former head coach from eight practices during the remaining segment of the 2020-21 academic year and before the end of the regular season.
  • Prohibited the former head coach from being present in the arena during open ice sessions.

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3.  Leadership Development Programs

Student-athletes, coaches and athletics administrators in the NCAA membership can now apply to participate in five transformational, in-person leadership development offerings.

Applications will be accepted via the NCAA Program Hub and must be fully completed by 5 p.m. Eastern time March 4 for consideration.


4.  Calendar

11-12 - Indoor Track and Field Championships, Winston-Salem, NC
11-12 - Wrestling Championship, Cedar Rapids, IA
15 - Championships Committee
16 - Membership Committee
16-19 - Swimming and Diving Championships, Indianapolis, IN
18-19 - Men's Basketball Championship, Fort Wayne, IN
18-19 - Women's Basketball Championship, Pittsburgh, PA
18-19 - Women's Ice Hockey Championship, TBD
25-26 - Men's Ice Hockey Championship, Lake Placid, N.Y.
29 - Strategic Finance and Planning Committee, Indianapolis, IN

5.  Lightning Round 

  Moravian softball coach John Byrne picked up his 900th career victory as the Greyhounds defeated No. 11 MSOE, 2-1, on Wednesday. He becomes the fifth active and ninth all-time DIII coach to reach the 900-win plateau.

  Congrats to Carroll's Clara Jelacic on becoming the program's first 200-goal scorer.

6. Watchlist  

Photo by Will Marshall
Brenden Joyce, Lasell (photo by Will Marshall)

MVB: Lasell vs. Wentworth, 7:00 ET

  • Fresh off an upset against top-ranked Springfield, the Lasers (10-5) jump right back into the fray against the No. 12 Leopards (12-3).


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