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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1994 - Academics. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 19, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/20605/show/20392.

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Transcript The Academics -vs Athletics War Faculty Senate's Resolution Falls on Deaf Fars ££ We're going to call for the university to get out of intercollegiate athletics," said George Reiter, president of the faculty senate. Thus began the war between academics and athletics. The UH faculty senate voted 25-15 to urge the university to get out of Division I-A athletics. Professors called big-time sports a piece of the entertainment industry and questioned what it had to do with academics. The vote capped months of faculty discontent over athletics. It all started when regent Zinetta Burney accused UH officials of racism because they were paying head basketball coach Alvin Brooks, an African-American, less than his predecessor and the new football coach, both Caucasian. Professors complained that no regent had ever shown an interest in raising their pay. The senate resolution was opposed by the UH student government even before it was passed. By a 10-4 vote, the Student Association adopted a motion claiming the senate resolution "could realistically deal a fatal blow to the entire UH system." The Houston Chronicle asserted that UH football games "As far as having an impact on the future, the faculty senate could just as easily have voted to send UH President James Pickering to the moon." - The Daily Cougar are typically attended by about 6,000 students and basketball games by about 1,800. A poll of 300 of UH students conducted by Students' Association revealed that nearly 64 percent never attend university intercollegiate athletic events. Despite poor student support, however, President James Pickering squashed the senate resolution to abolish athletics, and said that a resolution asking that UH professors get paid a median salary comparable to other instructors at similar universities could not be met. Although Pickering denounced the anti- athletics vote, he said that he believed he was in agreement with faculty when it comes to necessary athletic department reforms. Many students who did not want to abolish sports nevertheless agreed that athletics should be self-supportive. Many also thought that graduation rates should be raised and academics reinforced. Some even expressed the opinion that a university should exist only for an academic education. Post-debate, life at UH resumed its normal course. In October, the Board of Regents awarded a $19.6 million contract for the construction of a new athletic facility. — Susan Spring Many students thought academics should be UH's first priority and many were fed up with the Administration ignoring students' needs. Photo by Cesar Alvarez President James H. Pickering. Photo by Cesar Aluar (chancellor Alexander F. Schilt. File photo Recaptured Funds Needed to Maintain - Not Enhance - Academic Program A F i W ■ if 1/- -"Y T* ■ 1 ^ The university spent a year reviewing all administrative and academic programs, establishing priorities tied to institutional mission and matching those priorities to the allocation and reallocation of resources. The result? President Pickering's Confronting Our Future: The Plan for Reshaping the University of Houston. In announcing the results of the 1993 reshaping efforts, he said, "UH is a living, breathing, growing institution. As such, we must continue to change, to evolve, to get better. Reshaping gives us the road map. By following our path and asking the hard questions along the way, UH will indeed be the university that our students, our community and our state need — and deserve." The issues reviewed were these: • productivity and faculty workload • the evaluation of, and appropriate reward system for, teaching • discipline-specific cur- ricular review • the examination of administrative costs at the college and department level • the establishment and implementation of a new academic budgeting, and allocation Closely tied to student service fees for funding, the Division of Student Affairs focused on improving services and management structure. model • the evaluation of the current committee structure • the expansion of efforts to enhance diversity and affirmative action • the development of a broader staff development program • the evaluation and implementation of a long-term plan for UH's intercollegiate athletics program emphasizing marketing and fund raising •the creation of a pilot program for a UH-wide volunteer effort • the continuation of outscourcing and privatization opportunities • an analysis and plan for UH-wide space utilization Other new initiatives included development or expansion of three academic programs, including two engineering master's programs to be offered via interactive television. The Division of Academic Affairs identified dozens of ways to focus the university's efforts on its highest priorities. For example, the plan will create a single Department of Foreign Languages. The plan also recommended the phasing-out and deletion of 20 degrees and six academic programs. Phased out programs will not accept students majors, but will continue until the current majors complete their programs. — Susan Spring 74 6D Academics President's Reshaping Takes Shape 63) Athletics/University Reshaping 75