NEW BRITAIN - Central Connecticut State University is making some significant changes to its athletic program.
In an effort by what it calls to ensure the sustainability of the school’s athletics program, the school plans to eliminate both golf teams, drop number athletic scholarships and require scholarship athletes to live on campus.
The changes were among several announced by CCSU Tuesday after recommendations by a task force, which had been discussing the changes for six months.
“It was not an easy decision by any means, and I’m sure I speak for the rest of the Central Family when I say that we regret that we will be eliminating two sports teams,” CCSU President Zulma R. Toro said in a statement.” I sympathize with the student-athletes and the coaches of those teams who will no longer be able to pursue their competitive sports aspirations at CCSU. I appreciate their gracious acceptance. And I thank the students and their coaches for their cooperation.”
The elimination of the men’s and women’s golf teams will drop CCSU from 18 to 16 Division I sports. The school, however, has approved the recommendation of remaining a Division I athletics program.
In regard to the scholarship reduction, Central will phase in the elimination of 35.5 scholarships, which, according to the school, will save about $2 million annually. It has not been announced which sports will see their scholarships reduced.
With the school looking to save money, there will also be an added focus on revenue generation based on a five-year strategic plan. There will also be an efficiency review, which will look at staffing levels - both full- and part-time - within the department.
CCSU will match any donations “dollar-for-dollar” to the athletic program and scholarships that are deposited into the CCSU Foundation, Inc., in excess of the five-year average of $580,000, up to a maximum of $150,000.
“Blue Devil Athletics is an important part of the collegiate experience at Central,” said Christopher Galligan, the task force’s chair and vice president of institutional development in a statement. “This plan, with its built-in measures to monitor progress and efficiency in achieving sustainable financing, will enable Central to continue to offer programs of academic and athletic excellence.”
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