A review of these questions will
provide an answer:
Has the Intercollegiate
Athletic program been a source of dissatisfaction
among students, faculty, staff, or alumni?
Has there been a recent change (or changes) in
the Athletic Department
Has the University’s mission evolved over time
and the ICA program hasn’t kept up?
Is an objective evaluation of the role of
athletics on campus appropriate or necessary?
Would having an outsider prioritize the issues
and outline hard decisions be helpful?
Is an objective external view needed to give the
project an internal impetus?
Is “turfdom” rampant, thereby negating the
chances for success on an important initiative?
Is “the way we have always done it” getting in
the way of getting it done?
Does the Intercollegiate Athletic Program lack a
strategic plan or direction?
Is there an overall strategic plan, but the
ensuing implementation plan has not been produced or
Did the University’s strategic plan omit the
Athletic program’s functions or facilities?
Are the athletic/recreation facilities in need
of renovation or redesign?
Once the realization that an objective opinion is needed
to fulfill the purposes of your project, the next
“What consulting firm should we
It must be noted that the consulting firm is
important, but even more important are the actual
consultants assigned to your project. You do not want to
pay for the varsity team and get the B team. At ICAC our
staff has personal experience as a College President,
Dean of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics,
Dean of Administration, Campus Architect/Planner,
Faculty member, Special Projects Coordinator for the
Chancellor, Development Director, Major Gift Officer and
Major League Baseball’s Chief Investigator.
guiding principles, combined with our breadth of higher
education expertise, permit us to communicate
effectively with institutional leaders, athletic
directors, budget officers, facility managers, fund
raisers, faculty, coaches, student-athletes, students,
and donors. They also allow ICAC to
find solutions that satisfy and educate the institution,
rather than one constituency.
We serve only a limited number of clients for highly
personalized counsel. Importantly, our experienced
professionals with whom you make your agreement are
the same individuals who will work on your project.
Outside experts cannot change an organization; only
internal discussion and consensus building can lead
to meaningful growth and change. We understand your
concerns and develop strategies that ensure
implementation resulting in real improvement.
Our years of experience in all areas of higher
education, all types of institutions, and different
athletic memberships enable us to bring independent,
respected, objective counsel and propose innovative
We are cognizant of the uniqueness of each of our
client’s organizational culture and needs. This
sensitivity allows us to tailor methods and
solutions to match your needs, not some other client
in the database.
and will assist all its clients in achieving an athletic
enterprise that reflects the best practices of the
intercollegiate industry in the 21st century.