Portland State Intercollegiate Athletics Program Study
On February 10, Portland State issued an RFQ for an Intercollegiate Athletics Program Study. Today, Collegiate Consulting is excited to announce we have been selected by Portland State to complete this study. While waiting for the kickoff call, we are preparing to spend the next three months examining Vikings athletics from all angles. In the last year, we have completed four projects within a similar scope.
Successful Strategic Planning
In late February, Utah Valley University released its intercollegiate athletics strategic plan, which was developed in partnership with Collegiate Consulting. During this strategic planning process, we interviewed more than 75 stakeholders and completed institution- and conference-wide benchmarking analyses. This plan is focused on six strategic tenants, with the core principle being student-athletes’ experience and welfare. Utah Valley State released its full plan March 9.
Along with UVU, we are in the process of finalizing two additional strategic plans: One for Minnesota State-Mankato and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Minnesota State’s strategic planning process is on-hold as its men’s hockey team is competing in the Frozen Four after an impressive upset against #3 Minnesota. We are cheering on the Mavs and excited to get back to the planning process.
NJIT’s strategic plan has been in the works for several months, as we are currently working on updating a plan we put together last year. In addition, we are completing benchmarking analysis of NJIT against the America East conference. After the end of the 2020-21 school year, we anticipate many more schools will begin strategic planning processes.
Over the last four months, Collegiate Consulting has been working with the University of West Georgia to assist in finding the Wolves’ next Director of Athletics. After issuing a questionnaire and completing two rounds of interviews, University of West Georgia offered Jason Carmichael the position.
Prior to accepting the position, Carmichael was the Director of Athletics at Cal State-East Bay.
At the beginning of this search, Collegiate Consulting went through 94 applications and helped UWG narrow the field to 20 candidates. These candidates received a questionnaire and the top 11 moved on to Zoom interviews. Carmichael outperformed the final four during the on-campus interviews to secure the position.
Over the last three months, the “word” is that movement – across divisions and conferences – has been growing at a rapid pace. As men’s and women’s March Madness dies down, the first week of April has sped up – proving that the movement will continue. Of our current projects and RFP responses, movement-related studies make up more than 50% of them.
We are anticipating this to continue throughout the school year and to potentially pick up even more during the summer months.
As we continue to engage more and more collegiate athletic departments, Collegiate Consulting is excited to acknowledge the achievements accomplished by the student-athletes of our past and present clients. One of our tenants of operation is seeking student and institutional elevation.
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