UBC has finalized the criteria for reviewing its varsity athletics sports. The Department of Athletics & Recreations, varsity coaches, and AMS clubs interested in pursuing varsity status will provide data on these criteria to an assessment body that will review and make recommendations on UBC’s future varsity programs.
In this second round of consultation, draft criteria, measures, and weightings were announced on November 8. Alumni, student athletes, coaching staff, and other community members were invited to provide final feedback by December 1. UBC received 280 responses to the online survey, which built on the 500 responses received through the first round of consultation.
“Of those who provided feedback on the criteria in the second round of consultation, there was broad support for the proposed framework,” says Ashley Howard, managing director of UBC Athletics and Recreation. “The input we received for improving our measures was very helpful. This feedback resulted in minor changes to improve clarity of language and ensure the assessment advisory team will get the information they need.”
The draft criteria and weighting remain essentially unchanged and have now been approved by the advisory team. The advisory team has made modifications to language, measurement tools and collection methods based on the feedback they received. To see the final confirmed assessment criteria click here (pdf).
The first phase of team assessments begins formally today. The University is working with coaches to collect data for review by a revamped assessment team that is expected to announce initial decisions in late January.
On November 26, President Stephen Toope announced the appointment of two additional alumni positions to the assessment team, which are currently being finalized, and an effort to expedite decisions without jeopardizing the integrity of the assessment. For more information about next steps, see this announcement.
For complete information on the sport review, visit www.athletics.ubc.ca/sport-review