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Arrows Move Into Provisional Year

July 18, 2012

The NCAA Division II membership committee approved Ursuline College to move into its provisional year of the NCAA Division II membership process. The Arrows completed the two-year candidacy period, and move foward into the third year this fall (2012-13). If successful, UC will move into active status for 2013-14.

“We are excited about taking the final step in becoming a NCAA DII school," said College President Sister Diana Stano. "We are proud that the values of Ursuline College are so closely aligned to the values of DII.”

The Arrows initiated application for NCAA membership in 2010 and have been following a prescribed timeline for full DII membership. Year three, or the Provisional Year, in that timeline (2012-13) requires Ursuline to function like a Division II institution. However, Ursuline took a proactive step and have been functioning as if it was a Division II institution since its acceptance in the process back in 2010. Besides maintaining and filing the necessary paperwork, the athletic department faces an important compliance audit in the fall.

"The Ursuline College athletic department is excited to be moving into the final year of the process prior to becoming an active Division II institution," commented Arrows Athletic Director, Cindy McKnight. "We look forward to another successful year of Ursuline athletics and working towards being an active member in 2013-14."

The NCAA administers athletic programs for more than 400,000 student-athletes competing in three divisions at over 1,000 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Central America. Ursuline has also worked since the start of the process to find a conference home. This past fall, Ursuline and five other schools established the new Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC).

“The G-MAC is also energized by the continued development of Ursuline College in the NCAA Division II candidacy process," said Conference Commissioner Tom Daeger of the Arrows approval to enter their provisional year. "Ursuline has taken the next step in aligning their athletic departments with the expectations of an active NCAA Division II member and have eagerly embraced the requirements of the membership process. Our congratulations goes out to them for moving closer to achieving their goal of active status and hats off to their leadership for the efforts put forth. We look forward to continuing to work with Ursuline and assist them in their journey.”

Fellow G-MAC member Cedarville moved into active status and is now the conferences fourth full-time active member. Three other conference members are waiting on news from the NCAA in regards to their application and membership process. Visit www.ursulinearrows.com for all news in regards to the NCAA Division II membership process.






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