To UBC’s Vancouver campus community:
UBC has a rich athletic history and an outstanding record of excellence in varsity sport. It is to ensure UBC is set on a sound future path that the university launched its Sport Targeting Review (STR) project last year. This project is now entering its final phase, and your participation is essential to its success.
If you recall, the university conducted an external review of UBC’s Athletics and Recreation in 2012, which led to the appointment of a think tank of experts who developed this project. The ultimate goal is to establish a robust model for competitive sport at UBC.
The model that is emerging from the STR, after in depth study and widespread consultation among our very passionate and committed community, would see the university channel activities into five competitive streams: international/national/pro sport; varsity teams; competitive sports clubs; community clubs, and; intramurals.
The idea is to promote excellence by elevating support for a more focused number of varsity sports, while increasing participation in a broader range of sports at the competitive, community and intramural levels.
UBC Athletics managing director Ashley Howard and an advisory team are leading the STR project. They are collecting input from a broad range of sources to develop the selection criteria, collect team data, and eventually proceed to final evaluations.
I invite you to learn more, follow the process and have your say here: http://gothunderbirds.ca/sports/2013/10/17/GEN_1017133439.aspx?id=128
You will have opportunities to provide feedback in the coming months. A final decision will be made in spring 2014, and the changes will be implemented in September 2015.
The STR heralds a new era for sport at UBC, and we are making sure the decision-making process is rigorous and transparent. At this point, we have not come to any conclusion about specific programs or teams. This process is still wide open.
I am firmly convinced that taking this serious approach to our future investment in sport, UBC ensures the proud Thunderbird tradition lives on, that sport remains integral to the student experience, and that all participants get the support they need and have a right to expect.
I hope you will take part in our consultations and in so doing, help us shape the future of sport on UBC’s Vancouver campus.
Vice President, Students