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Offline Ron Boerger

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Re: Future of Division III
« Reply #2880 on: November 23, 2021, 10:00:34 am »
monsoon,
Here is the statement on their site:  "At the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year, AU will transition from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the River States Conference (RSC) and the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC)."

It is interesting that the release you quoted doesn't mention anything about seeking a D3 conference affiliation.   They were approved for D3 provisional status starting this year (thus leaving NAIA and the conferences mentioned) with the fourth year waived, are playing a lot of D3 schools in the region, but are participating in NCCAA championships starting this year (since ineligible for NCAA championships).

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Re: Future of Division III
« Reply #2881 on: November 23, 2021, 11:04:51 am »
This isn't the future of D3 in particular, but reflects a trend impacting D3 schools - I was surfing Wittenberg's site after the post about their football coach retiring and their numbers are WAY down.   According to the Witt by the numbers site, their Fall 2021 enrollment is 1254 FTE.  In Fall 2020 it was 1445, a year earlier 1577 (per this story).  Pat has them at 1842; in 2016 they were a little over 1900.   Don't know too many schools who can survive a plummet like that for long.  Their endowment is somewhere north of $100M, and there's a $100M campaign underway that is well on its way to completion, so they have the resources to survive for the short-term - but absent getting a handle on why enrollment has declined so precipitously over the last five years, a long-term future is less assured.