Budget Cuts Reach College Athletics

College Athletics

By Kiersten Murphy, Murphy College Consultants Llc

This article is provided by Murphy College Consultants LLC 

The economy has impacted college campuses across the nation in many ways. At some, budget shortfalls have eliminated arts programs, while at others, faculty and staff have been let go. Many more have seen their endowments shrink which has led to tough choices.

Think that college athletics are immune? You would guess wrong. With the economic turndown, more and more college athletic programs are dropping varsity sports.  You might even be surprised where it is happening and what sports are getting the big cut.

At the University of Washington men’s and women’s swimming teams have been eliminated and at the University of Massachusetts it’s their men’s and women’s ski teams, saving the University $100,000. Pepperdine has cut men’s track and Kutztown College has cut men’s swimming and soccer. Colorado College has cut football, softball and water polo and Johns Hopkins University has cut men’s and women’s crew. Western Washington University has cut football and UC Irvine has cut swimming, rowing, diving and sailing. MIT seems to have experienced the largest cuts, eliminating ice hockey, skiing, gymnastics, shooting, golf and wrestling. The list goes on and on, and it seems that more are announced each day.

Some universities are cutting back in other ways, in order to save the programs. Princeton will no longer print media guides, Washington State U will use buses for trips under 400 miles, and at the University of Miami, football players will have to get off the private jet and hop on the bus to play games in Florida.  Some universities, like Central Florida, are increasing student fees to help with budget woes.

Other are trying to boost their revenues to stay profitable. Corporate sponsorship will be seen at the Georgia Dome when Alabama plays Virginia Tech at the “new” Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in September.

High school athletes should do some research to ensure that their program of choice is not in jeopardy.  Here today, gone tomorrow.

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Author Bio:

Kiersten Murphy HeadshotSince 1992, Kiersten Murphy has been directly involved in admissions and school counseling in a variety of primary, secondary and college settings. These have included public, private, boarding, day, coed, and single sex settings, from Massachusetts to the state of Washington. Educated at Gettysburg College and the College of Saint Rose, she holds a Bachelor's in Political Science and Master's in Education in School Counseling. Working independently as a consultant since 1993, Kiersten Murphy has concurrently held positions as Assistant Director of Admissions, Director of Financial Aid, and as a Student Advisor in independent secondary schools as well as at the collegiate level. In addition to working in the private sector, Ms. Murphy spent time working in a public high school as a guidance counselor intern. As Ms. Murphy has a strong background in both college and secondary school admissions, she is well versed in the various duties that these professionals carry out on a daily basis.

Ms. Murphy takes on a small client base each year to ensure personalized attention. She has worked with students from across the nation and around the world and is able to assist both in person as well as via email and Skype. In an effort to stay on top of trends, she attends national conferences on college admissions each year, as well as serves on the College Committee of the IECA. Ms. Murphy spends a significant amount of time each year visiting college campuses across the nation to best facilitate matches between her clients and potential campuses. Ms. Murphy has visited hundreds of schools across the United States.

As a recognized expert on college admission counseling, Ms. Murphy has been frequently quoted in the press, including recent articles in USA Today, Forbes and Fox Business.  Ms. Murphy has also made appearances on public radio, television and XM satellite radio. Ms. Murphy is a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), an organization of full-time established educational consultants. She is one of only 350 professional members nationwide. Ms. Murphy also holds membership with the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).

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