Athletic Program Report


Athletic Program Report


A report that was created by the President's Committee on Athletics on February 15, 1978 about Pacific University's athletic program. This report was sent to the Pacific University President, Dr. James V. Miller. The committee was composed of both faculty and students which included: Dr. Marshall Lee, Dr. Frank Buckiewicz, Dr. Miles Shishido, Dr. H. Joe Story, Kris Chatari, Cindy Dix, David Wolf, and Robert Slauson. The student members within the committee were involved in the athletic program at Pacific University and student life during 1977-1978 such as: Kris Chatari was a volleyball player, Cindy Dix was a soccer player, David Wolf was a part of the Game Sigma Frat, and Robert Slauson was a football player. Faculty member Dr. Frank Buckiewicz was also heavily involved in the athletic program as he was one of the football coaches for Pacific University. This diverse group of members allowed for different perspectives on the issues at hand within the athletic program. There were twenty sessions of these meetings from September to February. Students were able to provide insight on the athletic program because they were personally involved and participated. The faculty members provided their own opinions on how the athletic program was doing.
The report was initiated when Whitman College in 1977 dropped their football program, so the Pacific Northwest Intercollegiate Athletic Conference required all schools to conduct their own study on their intercollegiate athletic programs. Pacific University conducted their report and based off this document there were quite a few issues despite the role of Title IX. Students and faculty voiced their concerns and that was the role of this document. Within the document there were a few discrepancies based on the information that was presented. During 1976-1977 the statistics presented within the report had some issues with equality in sports. There were budget issues between men and women sports. Based on the report it stated that for women it was 19.18% of costs in athletics whereas in male sports budget it was 80.82%. That is a wide gap between how much money is being put into the programs based on gender, so that was a major issue even after the passing of Title IX.

Money was not the only issues within women's athletics, but also the qualifications of coaches that were being hired in women's athletics were questioned. Many female athletes voiced their opinions about their coaches being unqualified. There were other remarks throughout the report such as wanting more female coaches. Not only were coaches an issue, but women were not given the luxury to travel and experience competition as much as the men were in the athletic department. That was a major point mentioned despite the changes within the United States to provide better opportunities for women in athletics. Women, men, and faculty within the committee described the need for change in the athletic department for Pacific University to be successful. Some of the other main points were more equipment, more coaches, equal opportunity in athletics, more travel arrangements, and achieving growth and development.

This report allowed for Pacific University to reflect on the athletic department and the role it has played with equality. Even after Title IX was passed it shows that there were still issues with equality with women in athletics despite the political changes throughout the country. This report was a major significance because it is confronting the issues within their own department. This report acknowledges what needs to be fixed within the athletic department especially for women's sports and provides ideas on how to improve the athletic program.


Lee, Marshall




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