Board of Trustees Policy  1725.1

FUNDING INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC PROGRAMS

The original PDF version of this policy is linked from the revised date below.

In funding intercollegiate athletic programs, the campuses of the University of Arkansas shall:

1. Maintain the auxiliary transfer per full-time enrollment (FTE) in the funding formula to support non-athletic student activities.

2. Maintain $750,000 as an allowable athletic transfer for four-year institutions as provided in Arkansas Code 6-62-803(b)(1) which should continue to be the total state subsidy of intercollegiate athletic programs.

3. Institutional profits from other auxiliary enterprises, e.g. bookstore, residence halls, and food service may be used to cover athletic expenditures. It is not the intent of this policy, however, to undermine sound fiscal management of these enterprises, e.g., reserve amounts for contingencies.

4. The "athletic deficit" is defined as athletic revenues, to include athletic generated income, other auxiliary profits, and other Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board (AHECB) approved revenue sources, less athletic expenditures, less the $750,000 educational and general transfer for four-year institutions allowed by the Department of Higher Education.

5. Any "athletic deficit" as defined above must be covered by institutional Board-sanctioned student athletic fees. The student athletic fee must be clearly defined in all publications and institutional Board minutes for the support of intercollegiate athletics, separate and distinct from other tuition or student activity fees.

6. The student athletic fee assessment shall be based on a student semester credit hour (SSCH) basis. Assessing by SSCH is the most equitable measure between full-time and part-time students. The SSCH fee for each campus supporting an intercollegiate program will be approved by the Board of Trustees.

7. The President shall certify, annually, to the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board that the athletic programs at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Arkansas at Monticello, and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will either generate sufficient revenue through athletic generated income, other auxiliary profits, other AHECB approved revenue sources, and AHECB allowable educational and general transfers to meet expenditures, or that any athletic deficit will be met by separate institutional Board sanctioned student athletic fees to fund the athletic program within the limitations of the policies of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

April 26, 2001 (Revised)
April 25, 1997 (Revised)
March 1, 1996 (Revised)
April 22, 1994 (Revised)
May 1, 1992 (Revised)
May 3, 1991 (Revised)
November 16, 1990