1. Intercollegiate Athletics will complete a facilities audit and plan during the 2015-16 academic year.
Specific: Creation of a progressive plan for athletic facility enhancements that helps Athletics finalize all funded projects while prioritizing future, yet-to-be funded projects at soccer, softball, baseball, Hornet Stadium and Yosemite Hall.
Measurable: Creation of a document that will prioritize multiple projects across campus while taking gender equity, student-athlete and fan experience and resource identification into account.
Achievable: Athletics will utilize the department's last two University Budget Advisory Committee (UBAC) one-time funding facilities request as a starting template and build out an updated 3-5 year plan, in consultation with coaches and staff.
Relevant: Development of such a plan would address objectives set forth in the Athletic Department's Strategic Plan while helping the department better serve the University's Strategic Goals of engaging the community, helping to create an environment that excels as a place to work, live and visit, engaging students in a comprehensive university experience and helping to build a strong University brand.
Time-Bound: Begin work on the project in the summer of 2015 with a completion date prior to the 2016 UBAC request.
2. Intercollegiate Athletics will work to quantify benefits and challenges of recent NCAA permissive legislation regarding Cost of Attendance (COA) and its potential impact at Sacramento State.
Specific: Create an institutional position quantifying the benefits and costs to Sacramento State regarding COA. Also develop goals and strategies for addressing the institution's position on COA moving forward.
Measurable: In consultation with the President's Office, the Division of Student Affairs, the Athletics Department coaches and executive team and the Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Committee, develop an institutional position – supported by goals and strategies – declaring how Sacramento State will address COA moving forward.
Achievable: Determine potential strengths and challenges in the following scenarios: moving forward without any change in current COA policy; moving forward funding COA to select teams; moving forward funding COA to all programs at a limited level; moving forward funding COA to all programs at the full level. Also determine resources to fund COA at any level and consider potential changes to the current athletics structure to assist in funding COA.
Relevant: Addressing COA, at any level, would allow Intercollegiate Athletics to better address its strategic plan goals relating to student-athlete welfare and fostering a championship culture while also aligning to the University's goals of enhancing student learning and success, excelling as a place to learn, work, live and visit and promoting a strong University identity.
Time-Bound: Determine costs and benefits of COA to Sacramento State by the end of January, 2016. Determine goals and strategies to address COA at Sacramento State by the end of the 2015-16 school year to allow inclusion of any changes to the 2016-17 budget.
3. Intercollegiate Athletics will work to enhance the fueling of student-athletes.
Specific: Create an action plan and identify resources to better fuel student-athletes who are on campus for practice and play during intercession period. Also create an action plan and identify resources to provide fueling options for student-athletes before and/or after practices.
Measurable: Student-athletes will see improved nutritional intake during the periods of time when their scholarships are not providing necessary fueling, or when the dining commons is closed and they are still engaged in practice and/or competition.
Achievable: Establish a budget for each team, identifying monetary amounts needed to feed student-athletes on campus during the month of August and over winter break, spring break and early summer. Establish budgetary and operational protocols on how and when fueling items will be retrieved and disseminated to the teams. Establish a budget to determine cost of pre- and post-practice snack items for all 21 teams as well as protocols for retrieval, delivery and storage.
Relevant: An effective fueling plan helps Intercollegiate Athletics address areas of student-athlete welfare and fostering of a championship culture within our Strategic Plan while also aligning our services with the University's Strategic Goals of enhancing student learning and success and excelling as a place to learn, work, live and visit.
Time-Bound: Begin work in the summer of 2015 with the work ongoing throughout the academic year.
4. Intercollegiate Athletics will enhance and increase its brand awareness within the greater Sacramento and campus communities.
Specific: Create an action plan to identify new branding opportunities on campus and that assures compliance with brand identity and conference guidelines.
Measurable: The additional branding items, located at various athletic department sites, will ultimately serve as the most significant measurable. The action plan, which will include conference branding regulations from all of our leagues as well as new branding opportunities in and around Athletics facilities, and timelines for implementation, will also be a final measurable.
Achievable: Identify locations within the Athletics Center, Hornet Gym lobby area and team competition venues and locker rooms to promote the department's logos and brand, and the athletics department's visions, values and goals. Identify resources that will enable athletics to move forward in the physical implementation of these marks. Centralize into a singular document the various conference regulations regarding placement of league logos and marks on uniforms and facilities.
Relevant: Completion and implementation of this plan aligns with the department's goal of building and communicating a clear, consistent identity while also allowing us to better connect our dedicated fans to the brand. In addition, this endeavor allows us to help meet the institutional goal of promoting a strong University identity.
Time-Bound: Work has already begun in identifying resources and determining locations for branding opportunities. Documentation of the action plan will be completed by the end of fall semester, 2015, with an expectation that items that align with funding resources will be implemented during the 2015-16 academic year.
5. Intercollegiate Athletics will work to create a broadly functional space specific to student-athletes within the Athletics Center.
Specific: Identify and develop space in the Athletic Center for a multi-purpose area (study area, mentoring/tutoring area, and lounge) for student-athletes.
Measurable: Plan, organize and open an area that focuses on student-athlete well-being.
Achievable: Re-locate current staff and inventory from business space and acquire furnishings that will allow the space to be set up and utilized for multiple purposes.
Relevant: This space will allow Intercollegiate Athletics to address its strategic plan goals relating to student-athlete welfare and fostering a championship culture while also aligning to the University Strategic Plan goals of enhancing student learning and success and excelling as a place to learn, work, live and visit.
Time-Bound: Begin work during the summer of 2015 to be completed during the 2015-16 academic year.