After a great deal of consideration of both the quantitative and qualitative data in the Maricopa Priorities Athletic Task Force’s report, the Maricopa County Community Colleges District has decided not to eliminate football as a MCCCD-sponsored sport at all colleges that field teams at this time.
In May of this year, the Maricopa Priorities Athletic Task Force submitted a list of recommendations related to Maricopa Community College District athletic programs, which includes 10 sports and 16 teams, to Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick. Their work focused on three areas: student academic success, program compliance, and resource utilization.
An exhaustive study by the Maricopa Priorities Athletic Task Force discovered that among all athletic programs, football was among the lowest performing against key student success metrics. Football also had the highest student loan default rate. At the same time, the Task Force recognized that athletic programs like football provide important benefits that are not easily quantified.
“Our core mission is to provide access to higher education and to serve our communities,” said Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick. “We will reevaluate the football programs in 2019 based on their progress around student success measures. Our main priority will remain providing a solid educational experience to our students and ensuring their success in the attainment of their career and personal goals.”