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Reform recommendations sweep through Pac-10 faculty senates

Faculty senates across the Pac-10 Conference's membership are urging their presidents to put intercollegiate athletic reform at the top of their agenda for their meeting in June.

In the last three weeks, faculty senates at Arizona State, Cal-Berkeley, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State have passed resolutions that ask their presidents to "begin serious discussions aimed at moderating the exponential growth of athletic programs and budgets in the Pac-10."

Similar proposals are being considered by faculty groups at UCLA, USC and Arizona, said English professor James Earl, president of the University of Oregon's faculty senate and the person who drafted the two-page resolution.

The document mirrors reform recommendations made by Indiana University President Myles Brand earlier this year, Earl said. Brand, in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., urged college and university presidents to "work to eliminate the excesses of commercialism, to ensure the academic success of student athletes and to make certain that athletic programs enhance and support the larger academic mission of the university."

Faculty concern over intercollegiate athletics has been rising over the years as budgets, coaches salaries and facility construction have increased, Earl said, adding that the Pac-10 faculty senate initiative is designed to demonstrate the faculties' view on the importance of addressing the issue.

"I think this shows that the faculties are all very unified on the feeling that there is an approaching catastrophe in intercollegiate athletics," Earl said.

Earl said that, once the remaining Pac-10 schools are on board with the resolution, he and other faculty senate presidents will begin pushing the resolution to faculty members in other conferences.

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