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By Gary Brown
The Division III Management Council backed a “dashboard indicators” program at the behest of presidents who seek more accurate data to benchmark their institutional spending against selected peer groups.
The program, supported at the Council’s spring meeting in Indianapolis on Monday and Tuesday, involves reconfiguring data already being submitted through the NCAA revenue and expense reporting program into comparison categories such as conference affiliation, public vs. private, or student-body graduation rates that give presidents a more accurate picture of how their schools compare with similar institutions.
About 80 percent of Division III schools already have supplied usable data in recent revenue-and-expenses collection efforts. All schools must submit data because of the federal Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, but not all institutions choose to report those data to the NCAA via the revenue and expense reporting program.
The Management Council, which includes about a dozen athletics directors, supported the presidents’ desire to obtain more accurate data upon which to inform decisions but is sensitive to whether the dashboard project creates additional work. A feedback component built into the project will help find out. The dashboard project isn’t expected to be an administrative burden for staffs already using the revenue and expense reporting program since it involves existing data.
Schools that have not participated in the NCAA revenue and expense reporting program would have to provide the NCAA with athletics and finance information if they want to use the dashboard project for their own benefit. However, participation in the dashboard project is voluntary. NCAA staff will compile dashboards based on data submitted and make them available for presidents who wish to use them.
In previous meetings, presidents have supported the dashboard project for its ability to provide a graphic comparison of the annual financial picture of an institution’s athletics program, highlighting trends over time.
The actual “dashboards,” or comparison categories, would include:
Other more customizable comparisons are possible. Peer-comparison data are provided so that an individual institution’s reporting remains confidential.
Division I currently requires all institutions to submit data for inclusion in the dashboard system. Division II offers optional reporting, which yields near 100 percent participation. While there is a revenue component to the dashboards in Division I and to some extent in Division II, the project in Division III would be entirely about expenses.
A report of findings from the pilot will be presented to the Division III Presidents Council and to the Division III membership at the 2012 NCAA Convention. The Presidents Council could authorize that the pilot become a permanent program by the spring of 2012.
The Management Council also heard from the Division III Administrative Committee, which acting on behalf of the Presidents and Management Councils suggested sponsorship of a legislative package for the presidential grouping at the 2012 Convention that includes a number of items related to presidential leadership from the 2008 white papers:
The Presidents Council will be asked for feedback on these ideas at its April 27 meeting. Other committees in the governance structure will be asked to comment, as well. If these concepts gain momentum, they could end up as legislative proposals for the 2012 Convention cycle.
In other action at the Division III Management Council’s April 11-12 meeting, members: