Volume 13, Number 10 January 20, 2006

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Review of Huskies to report in spring

The review of Huskie Athletics, announced by President Peter MacKinnon in September, now has terms of reference and external reviewers named to visit campus this spring and offer their expert opinions as the U of S determines the future of its athletics program.

The College of Kinesiology website provides an update on the issue and invites people to download the terms of reference. It says a working group in the college will prepare a self-study on Huskie Athletics programs followed by a visit March 27-29 by three external reviewers. Their report is to be provided to Kinesiology Dean Carol Rodgers and the MacKinnon by the end of April.

The review’s terms of reference set out an extensive inquiry into the goals, resources, operations and effectiveness of the athletics program. The purpose of the review is stated as:

• To identify the specific role and expectations of Huskie Athletics in the University of Saskatchewan environment based on the context of the University’s integrated plan and long-term strategic directions.

• To assess the effectiveness of the current organizational and fiscal model of Huskie Athletics and to propose other models, if applicable.

• To assess whether Huskie Athletics achieves its mission and whether the mission is consistent with that of the University.

The review will look at all details of the athletics program to consider questions such as: What is the value of inter-university athletic programming on campus? What is the appropriate role for Huskie Athletics partners such as Campus Recreation, the College of Kinesiology, student groups and community organizations? Are the organizational structure and the financial and human resources adequate?

The review is being asked to define the various roles and responsibilities for support of athletics, such as financial support and facilities, and to “recommend a model for the athletic program that meets the strategic expectations of the University.”

The terms of reference say the review will involve not only Huskie Athletics coaches, staff, students, volunteers and alumni, but also should consult with the University community including Kinesiology faculty and staff, senior administrators, a number of campus administrative units, the U of S Students’ Association, and the Graduate Students’ Association.

The three external reviewers being brought in are:

J. Dru Marshall, Associate Dean Academic in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation. She has coached Canada’s national women’s field hockey team and has involved in federal government sport policy development.

Ken W.D. Shields, Instructor at the National Coaching Institute in Victoria, B.C. He is a very accomplished master coach in basketball, having coached University of Victoria men’s teams to national championships. He also coached the men’s national B team and was assistant coach of the Australian men’s Olympic basketball team in 2002-04.

Darwin M. Semotiuk, Professor in the University of Western Ontario’s School of Kinesiology. He was a five-year standout for the University of Alberta’s football and basketball teams, played for Canada’s National Basketball Team in 1965-66, and while he was coach of UWO’s football teach from 1975-83 they won two national championships. He has published extensively on issues including Canadian public sports policy and Canadian inter-university sport.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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