Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Why One Wealthy College Says Yes to Cuts


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Why One Wealthy College Says Yes to Cuts

Virtual Tour of Bates | Admission | Bates College
by Dan Bauman, Chronicle of Higher Education

"Bates College occupies a fairly rarefied perch in higher education. Around half the freshmen who attend the small private college in Maine pay the full $78,000 price tag for tuition and room and board. It boasts a 14-percent acceptance rate, has increased its application volume by 41 percent over the past decade, and maintains an endowment valued at over $400 million.

And so it raised eyebrows last week when Bates announced that it would be cutting its programmatic, non-personnel spending by 5 percent this year. Typically, institutional announcements about the need to cut costs tend to be accompanied by dire warnings about the financial road ahead. But this doesn’t seem to be the case at Bates, where Geoffrey S. Swift, the vice president for finance and administration, described the college’s financial fundamentals as healthy."

>> Takeaways: Yes, Bates is financially strong, but the effects of inflation are real. In the past three years, the school's operating costs have grown by $15 million. Meanwhile, tuition has not risen as fast as inflation, leading to spending cuts.

>> What They're Saying: “It may seem contradictory to hear that the college is financially strong, while also communicating increasing economic stress,” Swift acknowledged. “We are experiencing pressure on health care, utilities, food, travel, and other core costs that are growing faster than our ability to increase revenues."

>> Reality Check: "The cost of paying staff has increased as well. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, wages and salaries for higher ed’s work force rose nearly 4 percent between the third quarters of 2021 and 2022, though for workers, the buying power of their pay actually fell by 4 percent during the same period."

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2.  29 Named to Bevo Francis Watchlist

Small College Basketball and the National Awards Committee has announced the Bevo Francis Award Top 100 Watch List for 2022-23.

The award is presented to the top small college basketball player in the nation, covering Divisions II and III, as well as the NAIA. The list will be cut to 50 on Feb. 15 and 25 on March 15. The winner will be announced on April 3.

Wheaton (Ill.) grad Aston Francis is the lone DIII recipient in the award's six-year history.

Division III Players on the Watch List include:

  1. Ethan Anderson, UW-La Crosse
  2. Raheem Anthony, Saint Mary's (Minn.)
  3. Octavio Brito, Keene State
  4. Levi Borchert, UW-Oshkosh
  5. Fillip Bulatovic, Carthage
  6. DJ Campbell, Stockton
  7. Jamal Cannaday, Bryn Athyn
  8. Dan Carr, Augustana
  9. Luke Chicone, John Carroll
  10. Daniel Cook, St. John Fisher
  11. Tyson Cruickshank, Wheaton (Ill.)
  12. Vinny DeAngelo, Swarthmore
  13. Omari DeVeaux, Virginia Wesleyan
  14. Austin Grunder, Cortland
  15. Jesse Hafemeister, Catholic
  16. Matt Helwig, North Central (Ill.)
  17. Jahn Hines, Christopher Newport
  18. Jarred Houston, Emerson
  19. Jeff Hunter, Keene State
  20. Josiah Johnson, Mary Hardin-Baylor
  21. Peter Lash, Nebraska Wesleyan
  22. Miles Mallory, Randolph-Macon
  23. Cody Mitchell, Illinois Wesleyan
  24. Brendan Mora, Pomona-Pitzer
  25. Christian Parker, Mount Union
  26. Logan Pearson, UW-Platteville
  27. Alex Sobel, Middlebury
  28. Josh Talbert, Randolph-Macon
  29. Ryan Thissen, Saint John's

3.  Still The Same

#13 Men’s Hockey Shuts Down Nichols College

All 10 teams remained in place in this week's USCHO.com DIII men's ice hockey poll with the addition of Curry joining UW-Stevens Point in a tie for the 10th spot.

  1. Hobart (17), 16-1
  2. Utica (2), 12-2-1
  3. Adrian (1), 14-2-1
  4. Endicott, 14-1
  5. Norwich, 13-3-1
  6. Oswego, 11-5-1
  7. Aurora, 14-3-2
  8. Geneseo, 10-4-2
  9. St. Norbert, 11-5-1
  10. Curry, 13-2 | UW-Stevens Point, 9-2-3 (tie)
>> Complete Poll

Just some minor shuffling in this week's USCHO.com DIII women's ice hockey with the top five teams holding onto their position.
  1. Gustavus Adolphus (15), 13-1
  2. UW-River Falls (5), 14-2
  3. Plattsburgh State, 14-2
  4. Amherst, 13-1
  5. Adrian, 14-1
  6. Middlebury. 8-4-1
  7. Hamilton, 11-3
  8. Norwich, 10-4-1 (tie)
  9. UW-Eau Claire, 13-3 (tie)
  10. Colby, 8-4
>> Complete Poll

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4.  Jays Sit Atop Poll

The top six teams remain in their same position in the latest D3hoops.com men's basketball poll. Swarthmore joins the top 10, while Case Western Reserve drops 12 spots and out of the elite group.

  1. St. Joseph's, Conn. (19), 15-0
  2. Randolph-Macon (6), 15-1
  3. Mount Union, 14-1
  4. Keene State, 15-0
  5. Christopher Newport, 16-3
  6. Williams, 15-1
  7. Rochester, 12-2
  8. Wheaton, Ill., 14-2
  9. John Carroll, 13-2
  10. Swarthmore, 14-1
>> Complete Poll

5.  New No. 1 For Women

Trinity University rose to the No.1 spot in the latest D3hoops.com women's basketball poll after previously top-ranked NYU dropped a pair of UAA games over the weekend.

  1. Trinity, Texas (17), 17-0
  2. Transylvania (6), 16-0
  3. Christopher Newport (2), 16-0
  4. Scranton, 13-0
  5. Smith, 14-1
  6. DeSales, 15-0
  7. Rochester, 13-1
  8. New York U., 11-2
  9. Hope, 14-2
  10. Chicago, 13-1
>> Complete Poll

6.  What to Watch

What we're watching online this Tuesday night. All times EST

 WIH: #8 Norwich (10-4-1) at #4 Amherst (13-1), 7p
The Mammoths have won 12 straight since a loss to Hamilton on Nov. 19.


7.  Lightning Round 


  • Players on the Albion men's basketball team said rebuilding their relationship with head coach Jody May might be difficult after May's repeated use of a racial slur at a team practice. The players also said that the relationship between the team and the college is strained. 
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