CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The University of Central Arkansas is thinking of dropping down from Division I to Division II athletics to save money.
"We're already receiving our NCAA revenue enhancements. We're getting more community support than ever before in division II." said UCA Athletic Director Dr. Brad Teague.
Faculty Senate President Dr. Kevin Browne said a subcommittee will decide whether it is feasible for UCA to return to Division II. UCA moved up to Division I, across platforms in 2010.
"I'd frankly like to see an investment made in faculty." said Faculty Senate President Dr. Kevin Browne.
Dr. Browne said some faculty members are concerned about privately funded bonuses that some athletic employees received. He said faculty members have only received one pay raise in the past five years.
"We're not going back to division II. We feel very confident that we will remain where we are. But it would be detrimental with all of the endeavors that we've put in. We'd have to lay off coaches . We'd have to cancel some sports . It would be decimated." said Dr. Teague.
Dr.Teague said being a Division I school is an investment in UCA and a good recruitment tool.
"Yes. It's been a big shot in the arm," said Jamie Gates with the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce.
Gates said also helpful to the city is the recognition which comes with the title.
"We appreciate getting to keep up with our local institution in national broadcast," said Gates.
Dr. Browne said the study will be completed next semester.