Update – October 31, 2016

on October 31, 2016 in Weekly Update

Dear San Jacinto College Employees,

I want to share information with you about an item that will be on next Monday’s Board of Trustees agenda. On Monday, November 7, 2016, the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees will vote on whether or not to discontinue competitive athletic programs in four sports, effective May 2018. The four sports are:

·         Men’s Basketball

·         Women’s Basketball

·         Women’s Volleyball

·         Men’s Soccer

If passed, the College will continue to offer National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division 1 competitive athletics in baseball and softball.

The conversations around this have been difficult for the Board of Trustees and the College’s leadership team. The facility needs and operating costs have grown over the past years and are not sustainable.

The priority for San Jacinto College is to focus on the broader student population’s educational goals and what would have the most impact on the entire student body and on the taxing community.

The upcoming decision by the Board of Trustees has nothing to do with the success of the teams, our student-athletes, or our coaches. We have a rich history of athletics, and our coaching staff are highly regarded throughout the State. We are very proud of our student-athletes’ academic accomplishments, their athletic talents, and their service to the College and to our community. However, we need to remain focused on the student success agenda for all 30,000 students attending San Jacinto College.

We have spoken with the coaching staffs of each team, as well as the student-athletes, to let them know that the Board will consider this action next week. Our intent is to honor our commitments to those student-athletes affected so that they can complete their degrees here at San Jacinto College. We will also work with the affected faculty and staff over the next 19 months to maintain the success of the programs and to assist them with transitional opportunities that will meet the needs of our broader student population.

If the Board of Trustees votes on November 7th to move forward with this action, a news release will be issued on Tuesday morning following the Board meeting and will also be available on the College website in the newsroom.

Thank you,

BH

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