Rutgers Faculty Want Athletic Subsidies Cut

Proponents say the proposal symbolizes growing resentment over funds spent on athletics that could be used for academics.

Thursday, Feb 2, 2012  |  Updated 1:20 PM EDT
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Rutgers Faculty Want Athletic Subsidies Cut

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Some Rutgers faculty members want the university to cut athletic department subsidies and give students a voice in how their fee money is spent.

The requests were in a resolution that faculty in the school of the Arts and Sciences overwhelmingly approved on Wednesday. The school includes departments like history and economics and has a faculty of 910 professors.

Proponents say it symbolizes growing resentment over funds spent on athletics that could be used for academics.

Records show the athletic department spent about $26.8 million more than it generated in revenue in 2010. That was covered by $8.44 million in student fees and $18.4 million from the school's general fund.

Rutgers officials note they've reduced athletics subsidies by $1 million this year and expect further cuts in the upcoming years.

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