Friday, August 19, 2022

Presidents Council Recap

written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Presidents Council Recap

The NCAA Division III Presidents Council held its summer meeting on August 3. Here is a recap of the some of the key decisions.

Women's Lacrosse: The actions ratified by the Councils included increases to the women’s lacrosse squad size from 28 to 32, the travel party size from 33 to 37, and the bench limits from 42 to 50.

2023 NCAA Convention: All NCAA Convention sessions will be held in person, Jan. 11-14 in San Antonio. In addition to the Division III Issues Forum and Business Session, on-site programs include the Division III Student Immersion Program, Special Olympics Unified Sports activity, president and chancellor forum, new directors of athletics luncheon and a student-athlete social.

Championships: The Councils approved the FY23 championship enhancements, such as a day of rest in select sports, providing local ground transportation, no conference opponents in the first round of the NCAA championships and per diem increases

Legislation (Management Council)

  • The Council approved an Executive Regulation to allow student-athletes who are not part of the squad size to be in uniform in the bench area.
  • The Council agreed to sponsor Convention legislation that restructures the playing and practice seasons for all sports (except football) as follows: (1) eliminate using “weeks” as a measure for defining the seasons; (2) establish the fall and spring traditional segments by a start and end date; (3) increase the nontraditional segment interaction for fall and spring sports from 16 to 24 days; (4) measure the winter sports season by 114 days, with flexibility to use eight of those days before or after the season; and (5) measure period sports (golf, rowing and tennis) seasons by 114 days.
  • The Council agreed to sponsor Convention legislation to eliminate the requirement for all active member institutions and all active multi-sport conferences to submit a comprehensive self-study and evaluation of their intercollegiate athletics programs at least once every five years, using the Institutional Self-Study Guide (ISSG) or Conference Self-Study Guide (CSSG), respectively.
  • The Council agreed to sponsor Convention legislation to provide the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee one vote on each legislative proposal and/or resolution at the Division III Business.
  • The Council approved, in final legislative format, non-controversial legislation to amend the composition of the Division III Presidents Council to include two student-athletes (one representing male sports and one representing female sports) who are serving on the Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
  • The Management Council's proposal’s intent which is to require an institution to have a bona fide invitation from an active Division III multisport conference before applying for Division III membership and maintain a conference affiliation throughout the Division III membership process.

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2. The Perilous Predicament of the Very Small College

Ripon College
by Lee Gardner and Audrey Williams June, Chronicle of Higher Education

"If there’s a primary vital sign for colleges, a crude point of reference for outside observers, like the pulse of an emergency-room patient, it’s student enrollment. A college with thousands of students is usually a sign of healthy fiscal and reputational footing.

Colleges with 1,000 students or fewer may be headed for intensive care, or worse.

Small comes with inherent challenges. Smaller institutions can’t take advantage of the economies of scale that bigger ones can, and they are overly dependent on each and every student’s tuition dollars. With so little margin for error, sliding enrollment or poor spending decisions can spiral toward insolvency or even closure."

>> Court Awareness: "There’s no invisible line of peril a college crosses by having 1,000 students or fewer, and no alarm system that alerts accreditors and reporters. But institutions with such small enrollments tend to be among the most financially vulnerable, experts say."

>> Reality Check: "Microcolleges run on tuition dollars. It may cost less to educate fewer students, but a college can’t scrimp on essential functions: It needs people to teach the classes, it needs someone to handle the finances, it needs a registrar."

>> Quotable: “We seem to be able to support our students extremely well with the size of the staff we have,” Eric Boynton, provost and dean at Ripon College says. “That seems to be a sweet spot for us.”

Smallest Division III Colleges under 1,000 Students by State

  • Alabama: Huntingdon, 920
  • Arkansas: Ozarks, 836
  • California: Harvey Mudd, 854
  • Connecticut: Mitchell, 599
  • Georgia: Wesleyan, 779
  • Illinois: Eureka, 511
  • Indiana: Earlham, 815
  • Kentucky: Transylvania, 963
  • Louisiana: Centenary, 563
  • Massachusetts: Eastern Nazarene, 699
  • Michigan: Finlandia, 402
  • Minnesota: Bethany Lutheran, 769
  • Missouri: Westminster, 609
  • Mississippi: Millsaps, 712
  • New Hampshire: Colby-Sawyer, 912
  • New York: Wells, 357
  • North Carolina: Salem, 636
  • Ohio: Defiance, 767
  • Pennsylvania: Bryn Athyn, 287
  • Virginia: Sweet Briar, 362
  • Wisconsin: Ripon, 816

total students, 2020

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3. Price Reaches US Amateur Elite Eight

"In what can only be described as one of the finest individual performances by a Christopher Newport student-athlete in any sport, senior Alex Price showcased his skills in a pair of showdowns against top-tier competition on Thursday and escaped unscathed. With wins over Georgia Tech veteran Christo Lamprecht (1Up), ranked No. 43 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, and Florida senior Ricky Castillo (3 and 2), ranked No. 20, Price advances to the 122nd U.S. Amateur Quarterfinals on Friday. 

Price is the only NCAA Division III player to reach the U.S. Amateur Quarterfinals since at least the 1990's, and continues what is inarguably one of the finest runs ever by a DIII student-athlete in the U.S. Amateur.

Price will take on Ben Carr, a Division I All-American from Georgia Southern who defeated Nathan Franks in 19 holes in the Round of 16. Carr, ranked No. 70 in the WAGR, advances to face the Captains' leader at 10 a.m. on Friday with a semifinal berth on the line scheduled for Saturday afternoon."

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  • The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference announced the promotion of Emily Laux to assistant commissioner

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