NCAA Approves Division III Provisional Membership for 艾斯拜瑞大学市
WILMORE,肯塔基州. – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has approved 艾斯拜瑞大学市 (AU) for Division III provisional membership, 9月1日开始, 2021.
“This announcement is the culmination of a thorough review to determine the best missional fit for our intercollegiate athletics program,冰球突破豪华版官网的校长博士说. 凯文·J. 棕色（的）. 这一过程涉及总统的内阁, 校董会, 体育部工作人员, the NCAA staff and several benchmark institutions.”
“Asbury is committed to the unique student-athlete experience provided in the NCAA第三部门 structure. We look forward to this exciting opportunity and are most appreciative of the guidance and support from current NCAA第三部门 member institutions 特兰西瓦尼亚大学 and Covenant College,”布朗继续说.
The NCAA第三部门 Membership Committee approved AU’s exploratory application on February 24, 2021. 一旦被接受进入这个过程, Asbury 提交ted a subsequent application for provisional membership along with an application to waive the exploratory year. The 10-member committee determined AU met the conditions and obligations for provisional membership. This decision made Asbury the first institution to be granted the waiver to accelerate the membership process from four years to three years.
“This is a very significant step for our university and the athletics program,马克·惠特沃斯说, 校际体育副主席 & 大学战略沟通. “We are very grateful for the opportunity to provide an experience for our 本校, coaches and support staff that aligns with our academic and missional values. I am incredibly thankful for the hard work of many in our campus community, 特别是我们的体育领导团队.”
Asbury becomes the fifth NCAA第三部门 institution in Kentucky, 加入中心大学, 特兰西瓦尼亚大学, 伯里亚学院, 斯伯丁大学.
在这三年的过程中, Asbury will work closely with the NCAA membership committee and the NCAA staff to follow an established timeline leading to active membership in the fall of 2024. 作为临时委员, AU is permitted to play an NCAA第三部门 regular season schedule but will not be eligible to compete in any NCAA postseason competition.
Asbury is also a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and will compete in its postseason championships beginning with the 2021-22 academic year.
Division III is the largest division within the NCAA, with nearly 450 institutions across the nation. This comprises nearly 40% of the total NCAA membership. NCAA 本校 have access to a variety of resources beyond athletics and the classroom, as well as a voice in discussions through student-athlete advisory committee activities on campus, 区域和国家.
Asbury sponsors 16 intercollegiate sports, as well as cheerleading, representing more than 360
本校. These 本校 earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.43在
2020年秋季学期. Men’s sports include: baseball, basketball, 越野, 高尔夫球, 足球, 游泳 and tennis. 女子运动包括:篮球, 越野, 高尔夫球, 长曲棍球, 足球, 垒球, 游泳, 网球和排球.
At the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year, AU will transition from the National Association of Intercollegiate 体育运动 (NAIA), the River States Conference (RSC) and the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC).