Ursuline College’s NCAA Application Accepted
Ursuline College is excited to announce that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has approved the Arrows membership application for NCAA Division II status. Ursuline, which is currently affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), will begin its candidacy in 2010-11 as a Year One Institution in the NCAA Division II membership process.
“We are excited about the new direction for our athletic department,” said Athletic Director Cindy McKnight. “The leadership and commitment from Sr. Diana and our Presidents Council has helped position us to make this move. The entire staff has worked to prepare our athletic program to be competitive as an NCAA Division II school and we look forward to this challenge.”
Upon becoming a full member, Ursuline will join the following Ohio institutions affiliated as NCAA Division II: Ashland University (Ashland), Central State University (Wilberforce), University of Findlay (Findlay), Lake Erie College (Painesville), Tiffin University (Tiffin), and Urbana University (Urbana). Rivals Cedarville University (Cedarville) and Notre Dame College (South Euclid), along with Ohio Dominican University (Columbus) are all currently in the process of becoming NCAA-II members.
According to McKnight, this is great news not only for the athletic program at Ursuline, but will also result in a tremendous boost to the campus and community that supports the College.
“Ursuline has always been known as a strong academic institution and with the introduction of athletics 10 years ago, we began to establish ourselves as having a solid athletic program,” said Ursuline President Sister Diana Stano. “With the acceptance into the NCAA Division II process, we are excited about the opportunity to advance our athletic endeavors.”
The timeline for full Division II membership is a minimum of three years. In 2010-11, Ursuline will begin Candidacy Year One, followed by Candidacy Year Two, if invited, in 2011-12. It is during those two years that the Arrows can remain an active member within the NAIA. Year Three (2012-13) is known as a Provisional Year, which requires Ursuline to drop its NAIA membership and meet all NCAA legislation. The Arrows would then become a full NCAA member in their fourth year of compliance, which would be the 2013-14 academic year.
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