Fencers, wrestlers, and women’s skiers interested in applying to Brown University, you may want to think twice in choosing your first choice college. For these sports, Brown University athletic recruitment is coming to a halt due to budget cuts (which with athletic teams typically centers on Title IX). The teams would be discontinued for the 2011-2012 academic year. Brown has the third largest athletic program (i.e., the number of teams the university supports) among Ivy League colleges and yet they also have the third smallest budget in the Ivy League, according to a report “Equity in Athletics Disclosure” on the U.S. Department of Education website.
If all goes to plan, Brown University will now be able to better focus its athletic recruitment on its remaining teams. If you recall in a previous blog post, we discussed how Brown University in particular has a difficult time attracting middle class student athletes to matriculate. These cuts are consistent with Brown University athletic recruitment difficulties. According to a “Bloomberg” article by Curtis Eichelberger, “The committee’s report also says that Brown’s coaches and staff are underpaid and should be brought into line with other Ivy League schools; the number of admissions slots for recruited athletes should be reduced by 30 to 195; athletic facilities need to be upgraded.”
“According to the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Report, Brown had the least athletic department revenue in the 2009-2010 academic year: Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut ($36.5 million); University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia ($30.4 million); Princeton University in New Jersey ($19.5 million); Columbia University in New York ($19.3 million); Cornell University in Ithaca, New York ($19 million); Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire ($18.5 million); Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts ($17.9 million) and Brown ($15.2 million).”
Check out Curtis Eichelberger’s “Bloomberg” article here.
And check out our related post on athletics and Harvard Admissions.