Division II Strategic Alliance Matching Grant Enhancement Program

As a core value, the NCAA believes in and is committed to diversity, inclusion and gender equity among its student-athletes, coaches and administrators. We seek to establish and maintain an inclusive culture that fosters equitable participation for student-athletes and career opportunities for coaches and administrators from diverse backgrounds. Diversity and inclusion improves the learning environment for all student-athletes, and enhances excellence within the Association. 

The NCAA will provide or enable programming and education which sustains foundations of a diverse and inclusive culture across dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to: age, race, sex, class, creed, educational background, disability, gender expressions, geographical location, income, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation and work experiences. Programming and education will also strive to support equitable laws and practices, increase opportunities for individuals from historically underrepresented groups to participate in intercollegiate athletics at all levels, and enhance hiring practices for all athletics personnel to facilitate more inclusive leadership in intercollegiate athletics.

 

Overview Eligibility Application Selections Contact Us Recipients FAQs

 

Overview

NCAA Division II is a dynamic and engaging group of institutions and conference offices of varying sizes and educational missions. Division II members are committed to the overall experience and success of their student-athletes, coaches and administrators who participate in their membership. Consistent with the NCAA's ideals of encouraging diversity and inclusion, Division II has renewed its commitment to remedy an ongoing problem with recruiting, hiring and retaining diverse groups and individuals in Division II, through the NCAA Division II Strategic Alliance Matching Grant Enhancement Program.

Division II is committed to promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion within Division II athletics departments and conference offices through the Strategic Alliance Matching Grant Enhancement Program. Division II's principal concern has to do with the lack of progress, or even a regression, for minority hiring in administrative positions. Through this program, Division II has heightened their commitment of encouraging institutions and conference offices to increase the opportunities that enhance diversity and inclusion within their athletics administrative staffs.

The NCAA Division II Strategic Alliance Matching Grant Enhancement Program provides funding for NCAA Division II institutions and conference offices to enhance diversity and inclusion through full-time professional administrative positions in athletics administration.

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Eligibility

Selected institutions and conference offices receive grant funding for three years, with diminishing contributions by the NCAA. The NCAA will fund 75 percent of the position during the first year, 50 percent the second year, and 25 percent during the third year. Site visits may be conducted during the course of the grant.

Participating NCAA Division II institutions or conference offices are required to maintain the position for a minimum of two years after grant funds are exhausted, preferably incorporating the position into their ongoing operations. All applying institutions and conference offices must express a demonstrated commitment to maintaining and continuing the position regardless if it is funded by the NCAA.

Each awarded institution or conference office will be required to sign an agreement with the NCAA that outlines the terms of the grant.

For the purposes of the NCAA Division II Strategic Alliance Matching Grant Enhancement Program, racial ethnic minorities are described pursuant to the Federal guidelines of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

  • American Indian or Alaskan Native (not Hispanic or Latino): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment.
  • Asian (not Hispanic or Latino): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Black or African American (not Hispanic or Latino): A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
  • Hispanic or Latino: A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (not Hispanic or Latino): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa or other Pacific Islands.

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Application Process

To access the grant application, visit NCAA Program Hub. All grant applications must be submitted via Program Hub. The deadline for submission of grant applications is January 30, 2014. The Strategic Matching Alliance Grant Selection Committee reviews all proposals and makes final selections. Final selections are announced in April.

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Timeline

Early October 2013 Division II Strategic Alliance Matching Grant application opens.
January 30, 2014 Division II Strategic Alliance Matching Grant application closes.
February and March 2014 Selection Committee review of applications.
March 2014 Selection Committee teleconference and final selection.
April 2014 Notification of awards.

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Selections

Applications from institutions and conference offices for the matching grant will be reviewed by the Division II Strategic Alliance Matching Grant Enhancement Program Selection Committee. The selection committee consists of university presidents, conference office administrators, current grant recipients or supervisors, and outside representation. The following criteria will be used to evaluate submissions for eligibility and awards:

  1. Support from the senior leadership of the institution or conference office.
  2. Overall quality and adequacy of design of the proposal, clarity of the organizational chart, sport responsibility oversight, depth of administrative responsibilities and direct line of supervisory responsibilities.
  3. Innovation and creativity. Proposals may be inclusive of all athletics positions. The positions should demonstrate and articulate significant administrative responsibilities.
  4. Potential funding viability and/or expansion during the five-year term of the grant.
  5. Degree of impact (potential or ongoing effectiveness) and factors that increase ethnic and gender diversity, especially where diversity is underrepresented.
  6. Plans for mentoring accessibility, professional development and growth.
  7. Qualitative and quantifiable measurement tools to assess overall project effectiveness of program initiatives in terms of added value.
  8. Explanation of how the position will enhance diversity within NCAA Division II.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the NCAA Division II Strategic Alliance Matching Grant Enhancement Program, please contact:

Sarah Sadowski
Coordinator of Leadership Development
NCAA
Telephone: 317/917-6714
Email: ssadowski@ncaa.org

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Recipients

The NCAA and Division II celebrate the NCAA Division II Strategic Alliance Matching Enhancement Grant recipients:

2013 Recipients and Positions

  • Paine College, Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations.
  • Southwest Minnesota State University, Director of Marketing and Promotions.
  • University of West Alabama, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance.

2012 Recipients and Positions

  • Colorado Mesa University, Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator.
  • Fayetteville State University, Assistant Director of Athletics for Development.
  • Great Lakes Valley Conference, Assistant Commissioner of Championships and Marketing.
  • LeMoyne College, Associate Director of Athletics Development for Campus and Community Engagement.
  • University of Arkansas, Monticello, Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance and Academic Services/Senior Woman Administrator.
  • Wingate University, Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Operations.

2011 Recipients and Positions

  • Angelo State University, Athletic Academic Coordinator.
  • Chadron State University, Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance.
  • Coker College, Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance/Senior Woman Administrator.
  • Elizabeth City State University, Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance.
  • University of Mary, Director of Compliance/Senior Woman Administrator.
  • Pacific West Conference, Assistant Commissioner for Compliance.
  • Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Assistant Commissioner for Compliance/Senior Woman Administrator.

2010 Recipients and Positions

  • Chestnut Hill College, Assistant Director of Athletics for Academic Success and Community Engagement
  • Elizabeth City State University, Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance and Student Development
  • Glenville State College, Assistant Athletic Director for Academics and Diversity
  • Mercy College, Assistant Director of Athletics for Student Services
  • Northern State University, Assistant Athletic Director/Compliance and Senior Woman Administrator
  • University of Montevallo, Athletics Business Manager
  • Winona State University, Assistant Athletic Director: Game Environment and Community Relations

2009 Recipients and Positions

  • Caldwell College, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Welfare
  • Christian Brothers University, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance
  • Florida Institute of Technology, Director of Student-Athlete Development
  • Georgia Southwestern State University, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance
  • Midwestern State University, Assistant Director of Athletics for Business Affairs and CHAMPS/Life Skills
  • Northwood University (Michigan), Assistant Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator
  • South Atlantic Conference, Assistant Commissioner
  • Sunshine State Conference, Assistant Commissioner for Membership Services
  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Outreach

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the difference between a new full-time position and an enhanced position? For a new full-time position, reference your submitted organizational charts as your resource to determine if this is a newly created position. Newly funded positions are those where no current (personnel or financial) resources exist within the athletics department or conference office to fund the position. For enhanced positions, the outlined responsibilities should clearly define an elevation of responsibilities; i.e., the inclusion of supervisory, budget and/or inclusion on the management team. Funding currently exists and additional funds are being requested to supplement additional new job responsibilities.
  2. How many grant recipients are awarded each year? It depends on the amount of funding available each fiscal year. Typically, NCAA Division II awards eight institutions and conference offices each year.
  3. What if my institution or conference office experiences a vacancy for the grant position? Funds not paid toward salary and benefits during any period of vacancy must be returned to the NCAA. More specific details on vacancies are included in the grant contract.
  4. If I resubmit the grant application and incorporate selection committee feedback, what is the likelihood my institution or conference office will be selected? Every application pool is considered on its own merit-recommendations for improvement provided post selection will not guarantee approval in the next grant selection cycle.

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