Comprehensive Standard 3.2.11

 

The institution's chief executive officer has ultimate responsibility for, and exercises appropriate administrative and fiscal control over, the institution's intercollegiate athletics program. (Intercollegiate Athletics)

 

 

COMPLIANCE

 

Narrative:

 

Vernon Collegeís president has ultimate responsibility for, and exercises appropriate administrative and fiscal control over, the institutionís Intercollegiate Athletics Program. Vernon Collegeís athletic programs are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) and the bylaws of both organizations require the CEO of the institution be in control of the collegeís athletic programs.

 

To further assure the President's oversight of the Intercollegiate Athletics Program, the Dean of Student Services/Athletic Director of Vernon College reports directly to the College President and is a member of the President's Council. Additionally, faculty and students participate in and contribute to the overall direction of the athletics program by being directly involved through the Athletics Committee, named annually by the President. Membership on the committee is comprised of the Dean of Student Services/Athletic Director (the Chair), the Dean of Administrative Services, the Associate Dean of Administrative Services, the Director of Institutional Research and Planning, the Director of Student Activities, the Director of Student Relations, the Director of Physical Plant, a counselor, three faculty members, and at least one student.  The Coaching Staff serve as advisory members to the Committee. The purpose of the committee is to address issues related to Vernon College athletics, review the effectiveness of the Collegeís athletic program, and provide suggestions and recommendations to the Dean of Student Services/Athletic Director and/or the President on matters concerning the athletic program, the student-athlete, athletic eligibility, the promotion of athletics within the College, and other athletic-related matters as they develop. The committee interfaces with Athletic Department personnel and monitors the progress of the Athletic Department with the purpose of improving the educational success rates of student athletes.

 

Vernon College offers athletic scholarships in the following areas:  menís baseball, womenís softball, womenís volleyball, and co-ed rodeo. The Dean of Student Services/Athletic Director presents the Scholarship Committee the list of athletes to be awarded scholarships. Upon approval of the Scholarship Committee, the President approves and signs all letters of intent and athletic scholarships, and the list of athletic scholarship recipients is presented to the Board of Trustees. The Financial Aid Office processes the scholarships and monitors the studentís progress while he/she is enrolled at Vernon College.

All incomes and expenditures for the Athletics Program are monitored by the Dean of Administrative Services, who reports directly to the President and is independent of the Athletics Department. An independent certified public accountant performs an annual audit and reviews the income and expenditures of the Athletics Program as part of the overall audit program.

 

Documentation

 

1.    Vernon College Organizational Chart

2.    Standing Committees List

3.    Example - Athletic Letter of Intent signed by President

4.    Example - Athletic Scholarship Award Letter signed by President