Completing year two of the transition to NCAA Division II
As Concordia athletics recently concluded year two of a three-year process to move fully into NCAA Division II, the time felt right for a status update. Here’s what Amy Dames Smith, Concordia University assistant athletic director/student-athlete welfare – compliance and support, had to say.
First off, why is the transition a multi-year process?
The three-year timeframe was put in place to allow schools the opportunity to not only implement all of the NCAA rules, but also to implement the proper procedures in order to monitor compliance with the rules. Additionally, the lengthy process provides the time necessary for us to assemble and train the staff needed to support the new procedures.
The NCAA reviews us at different points throughout the membership process and provides valuable feedback as to how we can improve our compliance program. The goal, ultimately, is to become a model NCAA DII institution.
What is Concordia’s status at this time?
We found out in mid-July that we successfully passed through our second year, so Concordia athletics is currently entering Year 3 of the process, which will hopefully be our final year before becoming a full NCAA member in Fall 2017.
What’s next in the process?
After receiving the green light to advance in the process, our main goal now becomes one of living out our new policies and procedures as written. We also all need to remain cognizant of the rules in order to avoid any major violations.