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Academics Factor in UMD Big Ten Decision

Maryland will become part of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.

Joining the Big Ten Conference was not only an athletic decision, but also an academic one, according to University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh.

By becoming part of the Big Ten, the university will be part of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a consortium of universities that share academic resources and research.

The financial gains from joining the Big Ten will be used to earmark substantial funds for students in need, not just student athletes, according to Loh.

This marks a new financial paradigm for intercollegiate athletics where the athletics help support university, Loh said.

"That's paramount in these tight times," he said.

The money will also make sure Maryland is competitive not only in the Big Ten, but nationally.

CIC Member Universities:

  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois
  • Indiana University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Michigan
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bob Hydorn November 19, 2012 at 09:23 PM
So now we hear from President Loh that it is about academics, then let's see that the money goes to academics not the athletic department. With this statement there certainly should not be another increase in tuition for the next 3 years at least. I would still like to see where that 50 million is coming from, best not be out of any of the academic programs.
Jim Burnetti November 20, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Yeah, that's it. It's all about academics. Right. Wouldn't want to be in a conference with schools that have trouble with accreditation, like Duke. Now I understand. It wasn;t that the ACC told them to lose the Might Morphin Power Rangers pajamas, and start wearing athletic uniforms again, or leave. It was the academics all along.
Theresa Defino November 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Without details, Loh's statement is meaningless. Could Patch really not provide more than this? How about the $50 million it will cost to leave the ACC? Where will that come from? Also, I have covered universities, in particular researcher universities, for close to 10 year, and I have NEVER heard of that committee. I checked their website and I see no evidence they do anything of consequence. Trumpeting that membership seems like grasping at straws for any justification.

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