Division III Management Council refers membership issues for study
Issues identified by the recently disbanded Division III Working Group on Membership Issues stemming from the division’s membership growth and diversity soon will be considered by a variety of committees, following referrals by the Division III Management Council.
The Council, which concluded its spring meeting yesterday in Indianapolis, also suggested how a series of Town Hall Meetings beginning May 8 could help move the division forward in addressing issues ranging from championships access to membership standards to division branding and identity.
The working group listed several issues that Division III will need to address in accommodating projected growth to 480 members by 2020, now that the membership has indicated through a recent survey that it does not support the creation of a new division or subdivision as a solution.
The Council referred issues to the following committees:
Council members also offered suggestions for the conduct of the Town Hall Meetings that begin May 8 in Indianapolis. Similar meetings are planned May 19 in Boston and June 2 in San Antonio, during the NCAA Regional Rules Seminars in those cities.
After reviewing a preliminary agenda for the meetings -- which includes an opportunity to review membership survey results as well as discuss the issues that were forwarded by the Council to Division III committees for review -- Council members also urged that the membership be encouraged to help create an agenda for future discussions and to offer ideas about ways to address growth and diversity while preserving the Division III membership structure.
Council members also noted concerns expressed in survey responses as well as during an open forum at the January Convention about the process that resulted in the working group’s suggestion that Division III consider creation of a new division or subdivision in addressing growth issues.
The Council noted that the Town Hall Meetings should emphasize looking to the future rather revisiting that process, now that Division III has expressed its views on a structural solution to growth issues.
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