July 20, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - As part of its strategic plan, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics releases comprehensive annual updates. Following is a look back at the 2011-12 school year.
During 2011-12, 612 students participated in intercollegiate athletics. The equity rate stood at 55.6 percent for men (in 10 sports) and 44.4 percent for women (in 10 sports), which exceeds the University undergraduate gender distribution of 57 percent men and 43 percent women. Athletic-related aid closely approximates the University's undergraduate student gender distribution.
Fourteen teams earned NCAA postseason opportunities, up from 12 a year ago, while 10 squads had upper-half Big Ten Conference finishes, one more than last year.
Women's golf placed ninth at the NCAA Championships, its seventh consecutive top-10 finish.
Purdue was one of 11 schools in the country to play in a football bowl game and participate in the NCAA tournaments for volleyball and men's and women's basketball. Purdue and Florida were the only two to win its bowl game and at least one game in each of the three tournaments.
In the Directors' Cup competition, we had 493.5 points to move from 49th last year to 47th out of 335 schools (85th percentile). It is worth noting that Purdue participates in those sports that are generally the most sponsored sports in Division I (men's soccer is an exception) and have the highest high school participation rates. If you adjust the standings - to reflect only the sports we sponsor - we move ahead of between six and 11 schools over the past five years. This year, we would have been 40th.
Big Ten Conference-wise, we had one regular-season champion (baseball) and three postseason tournament champions: baseball, women's basketball and women's tennis. The four combined conference titles are the most in school history. Individually, we won five Big Ten titles (by three student-athletes), and five student-athletes were named Player of the Year by the conference. Additionally, two coaches were honored as Big Ten Coach of the Year.
There were 20 All-America honors (by 16 student-athletes) and 15 first team All-Big Ten selections.
Purdue hosted the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at Mackey Arena, NCAA Volleyball Tournament first- and second-round matches on Belin Court in Holloway Gymnasium, NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament first- and second-round games at Mackey and NCAA Baseball regional games at the U.S. Steelyard ballpark in Gary, Ind. Purdue and Texas A&M were the only two schools in the nation to host NCAA competition in baseball, women's basketball and women's volleyball.
Student-athletes maintained better than a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (3.01) for the fifth consecutive year and now have performed better than the student body for 30 consecutive semesters - or 15 years. Our four-year graduation success rate stands at 78.4 percent, 1.4 percent better than last year and just below the Division I average of 80 percent. This latter metric, which factors in transfer activity, is not available for internal comparisons. If a student-athlete completes his/her eligibility at Purdue, 90 percent graduate.
Robbie Hummel was honored with the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for men's basketball, recognizing notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Joe Holland (football), Brittany Rayburn (basketball) and Ariel Turner (volleyball) were Academic All-Americans, and 158 Boilermakers garnered Academic All-Big Ten distinction.
FACILITIES / FISCAL
The Mackey Complex is near completion, and it will positively affect the landscape of Purdue and remove most of the remaining significant facility deficiencies in the athletic complex. We raised $33.9 million vs. a goal of $32 million, but it is important to note that about $5 million is deferred. Overall, the Mackey Complex business plan is in good order.
The 2012-13 academic year will be a busy construction period as we wrap up the project. The Brees Student-Athlete Academic Center, volleyball locker room and video areas, Newell football sports medicine space, Alexander Field and soccer complex will be completed.
As of March 31, 2012, we are forecasting a net operating surplus of $350,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, while covering the annual debt service on Ross-Ade Stadium ($4.6 million) and Mackey Arena ($3.9 million) renovations. Final year-end numbers will be available in early August.
Anticipated near-term facility major maintenance needs include:
* Sand blasting and painting steel in Ross-Ade ($750,000)
* Kampen Golf Course cart paths ($300,000)
* Lambert Fieldhouse roof ($514,000)
Purdue was one of 22 Division I schools that was self-supporting in 2010-11, and we will remain on this list when the 2011-12 data is available in May of 2013.
In 1992, the Board of Trustees declared, "Purdue University is committed to creating a nationally recognized athletics program that is excellent in all respects and that such a commitment is consistent with the University's academic mission and reputation."
We are committed to our strategic plan, knowing full well that only a handful of schools will achieve the "25/85" designation in 2011-12. Over the last five years, we have ranked among the top 10 to 20 percent of all 335 Division I programs.
The key is to ensure we have adequate resources, sound plans and capable personnel. If we stay focused, we can succeed, but it will require commitment at all levels. We have to believe this effort is an integral piece of building Purdue's reputation and its student body of the future as well as producing 21st century leaders.