Board of Visitors Meeting, March 23,
Summary of Actions/Discussions
The James Madison University Board of Visitors met at 1 p.m. on
Friday, March 23, 2001, in the nTelos Room of the Integrated
Science and Technology/Computer Science Building. Following is a
summary of actions taken by the board and key areas of discussion
at the board meeting:
- Agreed to a recommendation from the university administration
to continue offering all 28 intercollegiate sports that are now
available at JMU. The action creates a reallocation of resources
among sports programs that will bring JMU closer to Title IX
guidelines and will also provide needed funding to upgrade the
athletics department's academic support and sports medicine
Under the board action, JMU teams will be divided into two
categories: one that will receive the maximum scholarship aid
allowed by the NCAA and one that will receive no scholarship aid
from the university. The programs, however, may raise private funds
An earlier recommendation to the university from the Centennial
Sports Committee a group of faculty, administrators and community
representatives had proposed the elimination of eight
Under the action taken by the board, 13 JMU teams will receive
the NCAA maximum number of scholarships from the university, and
will be expected to consistently perform among the top teams in
their conference and frequently appear in national rankings.
Scholarships will be offered in football, baseball, soccer and
basketball for men and in nine sports for women: soccer,
basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, softball, volleyball, indoor
track, outdoor track and cross country.
The 15 other intercollegiate teams will receive no future
scholarship aid from the university but will continue to have their
operations funded by the university. Those sports are: archery,
golf, gymnastics, swimming/diving, indoor track, outdoor track,
cross country, tennis and wrestling for men and the following
sports for women: archery, fencing, golf, gymnastics,
swimming/diving and tennis. (The two archery teams and the fencing
team did not offer scholarships in the past.) While no new
university scholarships will be available for these sports, the
programs will have the university's endorsement and assistance
in raising private funds for scholarships.
Existing scholarships will be honored until the student-athlete
graduates or exhausts his or her athletic eligibility. Expectations
for success by these teams will be commensurate with the fact they
will be operating without university scholarship support. Whether
they are on scholarship teams or not, all student-athletes will
have the full support of the university so they can have positive
experiences while representing JMU on the intercollegiate
Ultimately, scholarships awarded at JMU will be almost equal for
men and women student-athletes 51 percent for men and 49 percent
for women. Total participation rates for men and women in both
scholarship and non-scholarship programs will be virtually even
50.6 percent for men and 49.4 percent for women.
- Approved a fee structure that will increase the cost for a
Virginia student to attend James Madison University by $94 2.4
percent this fall. Tuition and mandatory fees for in-state students
will go from the current $4,000 to the 2001-2002 total of $4,094.
The $94 increase is in the university's comprehensive fee that
covers non-academic campus activities, such as student
organizations, health care, transportation, recreation and
athletics. Inflation and higher energy costs are large factors in
making the increase necessary.
Room and board will increase $168 to $5,458 for both in-state
and out-of-state students. The new total for a Virginia student who
lives on campus will be $9,552. Out-of-state tuition and fees will
increase from $9,850 to $10,606 a 7.7 percent increase. The new
total for an out-of-state student who lives on campus will be
$16,064 a 6.1 percent increase over this year.
- Declined by a 7-6 vote to pass a resolution stating that the
board "calls upon the leaders of the Virginia Senate to meet
with the leaders of the House of Delegates in order to resolve this
(state) budget impasse in order to insure that the needs of James
Madison University and the needs of the Commonwealth are adequately
addressed while allowing the governor's overwhelmingly popular
commitment to repeal of the car tax be maintained." Several
board members said they supported resolution of the budget impasse
but did not feel that the board should express a preference on the
method used to address the situation.
- Agreed to a suggestion from board member Charles H. Cunningham
of Fairfax that the board's Education and Student Life
Committee discuss in its June meeting the funding and operation of
The Breeze, JMU's student newspaper. Mr. Cunningham
expressed deep concern over the content of Turf, an insert
that has appeared in several issues of The Breeze. Mr.
Cunningham said the publication was inappropriate and the board
should consider removing university funding from The
- President Linwood H. Rose reported to the board on the
- Unless the state budget impasse is resolved, JMU and higher
education cannot expect salary increases, base budget adjustments,
additional financial aid, or new capital outlay. About $575,000 in
JMU funds that were earmarked for storm sewer improvements are
- Told the board that the recent 250th celebration of
James Madison's birth at JMU was a huge success. Dr. Rose
praised Vice President of University Relations Barbara Castello and
her staff for planning and carrying out the celebration.
- Reviewed the background that led up to the board decision on
changes in the intercollegiate athletic program.
- Gave updates on the status of the following capital outlay
projects: the parking deck; the Leeolou Alumni Center; the
conference center; additional parking spaces; and the Harrison Hall
addition and renovation.
- Reported that applications to JMU for admission in the fall of
2001 are up 373 over last year a 2.67 percent increase. The
university has received 8,536 applications from Virginians and
5,795 from out of state, a total of 14,330. Last year, 13,957
applications were received.