Saturday, February 22, 2014

Idaho College Wants to Downsize Athletics

Posted By on Sat, Feb 22, 2014 at 3:00 PM

While many higher ed institutions continue to grow their athletic footprint, one Idaho college is looking at shrinking its sports program.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that officials at North Idaho College, facing significant budget cuts, say athletics will not be exempt from "sharing the pain." The Press reports that NIC President Joe Dunlap and Athletic Director Al Williams are looking at transitioning NIC from the National Junior College Athletic Association to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, shaving an estimated $600,000 from its budget.

According to NIC officials, athletics at the Coeur d'Alene campus have operated at a loss of more than $1 million a year, for the past 10 years.

In particular, NIC officials say by downsizing to the NWAACC, the college could save $120,000 to $140,000 just in travel costs because teams would not have to travel nearly as far as they would have in the NJCAA.

"I have made it very clear to everybody on campus that we are all going to share in that pain," said Dunlap. "Nobody is going to be exempt from that."

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