The University of Southern Indiana is a national contender in NCAA Division II competition. USI has captured NCAA national championships in baseball and men's basketball. Women's basketball and the men's and women's cross country teams also continue to rank among Division II's national elite. Since 1990, all 15 USI varsity sports have won a conference championship or made an NCAA Tournament appearance. This has been achieved despite the fact that USI is at present able to provide only 60 percent of the scholarship support for athletes permitted by the NCAA.
To recognize the contributions that athletics makes to the quality of campus life and student leadership, the campaign will fund improvements to athletics facilities that cannot be funded from current budgets. The University has requested state funds to add classrooms and laboratories to the Physical Activities Center, but state funds cannot be used for athletics budgets or spectator areas. The athletics program is supported solely from student fees, promotional programs, and private gifts.
Student athletes excel in both academics and sports competition and their success is a source of pride for students, faculty, alumni, and the community. Academically, USI student athletes continue to maintain an overall grade-point average above 3.0 and have an exceptional graduation rate among the public institutions of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Scholarship support will help recruit student athletes who perform well in their sport and demonstrate academic excellence in the classroom—and will help meet the gap between what USI is allowed to offer in athletic scholarships and what it's currently financially able to offer. (Strategic Plan Goals #2, #3)
Funding of field turf at the soccer stadium will ensure student athletes have an appropriate playing field for practice and competition. This addition will permit student-athletes from all 15 sports to train on a safe playing surface throughout the academic year. The addition of a turf playing field will also ensure that a playing field will be available for practices and competitions before, during, and after inclement weather, and will ease the burden of field maintenance. (Strategic Plan Goals #2, #3, #6)
A renovated softball complex will support recruitment efforts and enhance the possibility of competing nationally. Improvements to the scoreboard, locker room, and seating area are needed. The quality of fields and equipment plays a major role in recruiting student athletes. (Strategic Plan Goals #2, #3, #6)