COM Board Votes to Discontinue Football
Kentfield, CA—March 18, 2009—Last night at its regular monthly meeting, the College of Marin Board of Trustees voted four to three in favor of discontinuing the college’s football program.
Several members of the football team attended the meeting and gave moving appeals to continue the program. Several students from the East Bay said that participating in sports was the primary reason that they enrolled in college.
"This is a very difficult decision and I don't take it lightly. However, I must do what is right for the college at large," said Annan Paterson, Vice President of the Board.
Under current Board Policy 4021, and as required by Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC WASC), college programs must undergo a program review process and the program review process must include an option to discontinue failing programs. In addition, the policy stipulates that programs may be discontinued if over 60 percent of the program’s faculty agrees.
Last year’s program review of the college football program revealed a number of significant shortcomings, including a long history of low retention rates, low student transfer rates, and inadequate facilities.
In early February, physical education faculty were administered a survey to determine whether or not the football program should be continued. Over 60 percent voted to discontinue the program.
“These are very difficult economic times for everyone. The Board has a responsibility to honor the process and also a fiduciary responsibility to recognize that funding is limited requiring that difficult decisions have to be made,” said Trustee Wanden Treanor.
Trustees Treanor, Paterson, Board President Phil Kranenburg, and Past President Carole Hayashino voted to discontinue the program. Trustees Barbara Dolan, Dr. Eva Long, and Jim Namnath voted against discontinuance.