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By Gary Brown
The Division III Membership Committee is recommending active status for four schools that successfully completed all four years of the Division III provisional/reclassifying membership process.
If approved by the Division III Management Council in July, the following will begin active status in Division III on Sept. 1:
With other anticipated membership changes in the next few months, there will be about 435 member institutions in 2011-12.
Meeting June 22-23 in Indianapolis, the Membership Committee also agreed to move the following schools to the final year of provisional membership:
If those institutions successfully complete year four of the provisional/reclassifying process, they could be accepted as active Division III members for the 2012-13 academic year. The Membership Committee also approved Penn State Abington (Abington, Pa.) moving from Year 2 to Year 3 of provisional membership and endorsed a waiver request from the school to combine Years 3 and 4 of the provisional process, meaning the school could achieve active status by 2012-13. That recommendation must be approved by the Management Council.
Committee members also approved the following schools to move from Year 2 to Year 3 of provisional membership (meaning they are on track to achieve active membership in 2013-14):
In other action regarding the provisional/reclassifying track, the committee voted to retain Centenary College (Shreveport, La.) in Year 1 of reclassifying membership (on track to achieve active membership in 2015-16).
The committee also approved the following seven schools to conduct an exploratory year in 2011-12 before possibly seeking provisional/reclassifying membership the following year:
The Division III Management Council will consider these actions at its July 25-26 meeting in Indianapolis.
The Division III Membership Committee also reviewed concepts for legislation at the 2012 Convention that would revise Constitution 3.3 (member conference) in the Division III Manual to clarify what it means for institutions to be “core” members of a single conference.
The review is in light of another proposal already in the 2012 Convention cycle that amends Bylaw 126.96.36.199.4 (core institution) to limit an institution to being a core member in only one conference.
That proposal, which already has support from the Presidents Council, Management Council, Championships Committee and Membership Committee, is an attempt to encourage greater stability in conference membership and require institutions to be more strategic about conference alignments for reasons other than access to championships automatic qualification.
The proposal would eliminate the possibility of the “umbrella” conference model since it would not be possible for an institution to be considered core in a subconference and a larger “umbrella” conference (though the one existing umbrella conference, the Middle Atlantic Conference, would be grandfathered).
As a result, the Membership Committee was charged with reviewing conference membership legislation to ensure consistency not only in policy but also with the broader concept of what it means to be a member conference (for example, how that affects requirements and benefits).
Committee members supported a legislative proposal that would either modify existing legislation or add new legislation that clarifies member conference regulations.
Among the changes to be included in the proposal are:
In other action at the Division III Membership Committee’s June 22-23 meeting, members: