Polytechnic enters affiliation with New York University
Polytechnic (New York) will continue to sponsor a Division III athletics program for at least a few years after entering into an affiliation with New York University.
The school, a member of the Skyline Conference, has changed its name to Polytechnic Institute of New York University but will maintain its administrative structure for several years under the affiliation agreement that went into effect July 1.
The institutions’ long-term plan calls for a merger, but until then, Polytechnic is committed to maintaining its main campus in Brooklyn and satellite campuses, and school officials say its athletics teams will continue to compete in the Skyline Conference.
The NCAA Constitution permits an institution accredited by an appropriate regional agency and maintaining separate administrative and/or governance structures to hold active membership in the Association.
Administrators of the two institutions say the affiliation gives New York University an engineering research and education capacity while linking Polytechnic to NYU’s national research mission.
“This important step forward in the relationship between NYU and Poly holds the prospect of sparking a major advancement of (New York City’s) stature as a world capital for science, technology and engineering,” said New York University Provost David Mclaughlin.
“The students, faculty and administration are very excited about the new opportunities this dynamic partnership will provide,” said Polytechnic President Jerry M. Hultin. “This perfect fit between two great universities will preserve and enhance Polytechnic’s commitment to top-tier technology education and research, and contribute to the economic vitality of New York City and the nation and to our students’ ability to compete in the 21st century global economy.”
Polytechnic has sponsored men’s varsity sports since 1904 and currently sponsors eight men’s and eight women’s sports, including a women’s lacrosse team that will begin play next spring.
New York University also is a Division III member, competing in the University Athletic Association.
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