While the University of Southern Indiana continues to explore a move into NCAA Division I Athletics, a survey conducted by the university reveals more people against the move.
USI released the survey on this website Thursday: https://www.usi.edu/explore-di/
The website was designed by the university to answer questions raised about the exploration into the move and the results of a survey conducted on the move.
In a survey of 2233 people, which included USI Students, Student-Athletes, Faculty, Administrative Staff, Support Staff, and Retirees, 1102 or 49% voted against the move, 863 or 39% voted in favor of it, and 268 or 12% didn't know how they felt about it.
Of those who voted no, 572 said that the main reason was additional cost to students and student fee increase. According to the webpage, USI would have to increase its athletic budget, currently at $6.6 million, to $12 million dollars by the end of the 2025-2026 academic year.
On Thursday, the USI Board of Trustees met in executive session to receive the information for their talks about the move. The report doesn't include a formal recommendation.
One athletic conference has already shown interest in USI joining, but the university did not want to name which conference that was.
A public meeting and a vote by the Board of Trustees could take place in early February.