Legislation, restructuring on Presidents Council's agenda
The Division III Presidents Council will take one last look January 12 at legislative proposals for the NCAA Convention -- including six proposals it is sponsoring or cosponsoring for consideration as well as eight proposals sponsored by member conferences that are slated for a vote -- and also review plans for discussions during the Convention of possible models for restructuring the Association.
As part of the legislative review during its meeting in Nashville, the Council is expected to take a position on a proposal by two conferences to permit institutions in the third or fourth year of provisional membership to be counted by a league toward the seven-institution requirement for earning automatic qualification to a Division III championship. The North Eastern Athletic and North Atlantic Conferences earlier sponsored a proposal that is opposed by the Council to permit any provisional member to be counted for the requirement, but now is seeking to amend that proposal to limit the opportunity to third- and fourth-year provisional members.
Council members also will be briefed on recent activities of the Division III Working Group on Membership Issues, which suggested models last fall for creating a new division or subdividing Division III that will be discussed during a series of forums at the Convention.
The Council also will hear the first response from the Division III Financial Aid Committee to a recent request by the presidents to study the possibility of imposing more stringent penalties for violations of legislation discovered through the division's financial aid reporting process. It also will receive a status report on the current Division III drug-education and testing pilot program, which currently is in the middle of year one of a two-year pilot.
A report of the Presidents Council meeting will be published online January 13 by The NCAA News.
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