I posted earlier in the year that applications to BC fell from 34,051 to 25,000 (while BU's incidentally went up by about 9,000 to over 52,000). According to the Globe, BC's admissions office attributed the reduction to the inclusion of a new 400 word essay requirement in the application designed by admissions to increase applicant quality. Unfortunately, BC is suspiciously behind most other schools in releasing its 2013 Admissions statistics so its very difficult to tell if the Admissions folks at BC knew what they were doing or hugely miscalculated. Has anyone seen any reported data yet for this year's incoming class so that we can make a comparison to prior years?
I also note that BC's national ranking in Forbes just fell from 26th to 35th. Not sure what to make of that.
My point in all of this is that the reputation of the school on a national stage in athletics is important. Based on prior handling of coaching staff and athletics facilities, I think its clear that the eggheads in the school don't want to realize that BC's reputation as a feeble loser in football and basketball established on national and regional telecasts has implications to the overall health and stature of the university. Perhaps it shouldn't - but it does. And until they realize this - there will be continuing lack of oversight and accountability for the Athletics Department.