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AUM Advances to year three of NCAA Division II membership process
Auburn Montgomery/Montgomery, Ala. (Jul. 13, 2018) – Auburn University at Montgomery moved another step closer to full NCAA status on Friday when the Warhawks were approved to advance to the third and final year of the membership process by the NCAA Division II Membership Committee.
“Auburn University at Montgomery is pleased with today’s news from the NCAA,” said AUM Chancellor Dr. Carl A. Stockton. “The AUM Warhawks look forward to moving into our third year of NCAA DII candidacy and continuing our progress toward acceptance in the Gulf South Conference. I thank our Athletics staff for their focus on this process, and I thank our student-athletes and our faculty and staff who have contributed to our progress.”
This past year saw the Warhawks join the GSC as a provisional member, with each team playing a full conference schedule. The Warhawks were not eligible for postseason play in its first year in the conference but 106 AUM student-athletes were named to the GSC Fall, Winter and Spring Academic Honor Rolls.
If all benchmarks are completed during this next year, AUM will have completed the process of Division II membership and will be eligible for NCAA and GSC postseason play during the 2019-20 academic year.
“We took another step in the right direction today,” said AUM Director of Athletics Jessie Rosa. “Doing just that is what this entire process has been about and what will ultimately elevate the AUM experience for all of our students. The willingness of other units on campus to partner with us in ensuring we have adequate processes in place was instrumental in our approval to Year 3. They, along with our student-athletes, coaches and staff members are the reason why we are able to celebrate today.”
The committee also voted to advance three other schools that are working through the multiyear membership process. Biola University, Davenport University and Purdue University Northwest all were approved to begin the third year of the membership process in 2018-19. Benedictine University (Illinois), Savannah State University and The University of Texas at Tyler were accepted into the Division II membership process and will begin the first year of the process.
About NCAA Division II
NCAA Division II is one of the three membership divisions at the National Collegiate Athletic Association, an organization comprising more than 1,200 institutions, conferences and affiliated organizations. Division II is a group of more than 300 colleges and universities that serve almost 90,000 student-athletes nationwide. Division II provides student-athletes the opportunity to compete at a high level of scholarship athletics while excelling in the classroom and fully engaging in the broader campus experience. This balance, in which student-athletes are recognized for their academic success, athletics contributions and campus/community involvement, is at the heart of the Division II philosophy.
About Auburn University at Montgomery
Auburn University at Montgomery has been ranked among the South's top universities by U.S. News and World Report, and The Princeton Review counts the university among the best colleges in the Southeast. AUM is designated as a Military Friendly School, and is consistently chosen as the best university in the area. AUM provides students with detailed knowledge and hands-on, practical experience — often from professionals in the field — across its more than 90 academic programs offered through its five colleges: College of Business, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and College of Sciences. For more information, visit www.aum.edu.
About the Gulf South Conference
The GSC is one of the oldest and most respected leagues in NCAA II, having amassed 51 National Team Championships in 13 sports, one individual championship and more than 150 regional titles over 49 years. The GSC sponsors 17 sports, including 16 championship events. Official sponsored sports include baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, and volleyball.
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