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Podcast | Collegiate athletics and esports

Higher Ed Advisor: thriving in the esports arena at Arcadia University

Welcome to Higher Ed Advisor, the Baker Tilly podcast series where we speak with higher education industry leaders about practical and proactive guidance to help colleges and universities protect and enhance their value.

Esports is booming and has become a “game changer” in higher education. Nearly 200 U.S. colleges and universities are members of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), and that number continues to grow. Arcadia University’s Esports Director and alum , Bill Rodgers, joins us on this episode of Higher Ed Advisor to share how his institution continues to thrive in the world of esports. As a former Arcadia swim team member and athlete, Bill highlights how the philosophies and values in traditional college athletics are also hallmarks of successful college esports programs.

Plus, learn tips about how to prepare and operate an esports program and team in higher education, including:

  • Applying traditional collegiate athletics concepts of collaboration, strategy and institution-wide support to collegiate esports 
  • Understanding that initial investments now build a great esports program for tomorrow
  • Optimizing student scholarships and recruitment opportunities
  • Creating a flourishing community of esports athletes ready to represent their school nationally

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Meet this episode's guest speaker: Bill Rodgers, Director of Esports at Arcadia University
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Esports evaluation guide 2.0: A deeper dive into establishing or enhancing an esports program at your institution

Developing an engaging and inclusive collegiate esports program requires a solid framework and strategic plan to meet growing student interest and revenue opportunities. Our esports guide 2.0 offers seven key steps to evaluate, establish or enhance your institution’s esports team.

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