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DI Board of Directors provides legislative flexibility

Change will allow more time to develop transfer proposals

Division I will operate with a more flexible legislative schedule in 2018, allowing more time for the membership to provide input on potential transfer rule changes.

The Division I Board of Directors on Thursday voted to allow the Division I Council to introduce legislative proposals in April changing transfer rules, with final voting to take place as early as the summer. The regular legislative cycle requires proposals to be introduced by Sept. 1. The Council generally casts final votes at its April meeting.

The adjusted timeline will give the Transfer Working Group additional time to collect feedback and develop additional transfer rule changes that could be adopted at the same time as the transfer proposals already in the cycle.

Last year, the Council introduced legislation that would establish tampering as a level 2 violation in the Committee on Infractions penalty structure. It also created a measure that would eliminate the ability of schools and coaches to restrict transfer students from receiving aid at their next school. The Council could delay the vote on those measures so all transfer items could be adopted as a package, potentially as early as June.

The board’s decision provides conferences the opportunity to review final proposals during spring meetings, with a Council vote set for the June meeting.

Strategic agenda

To fulfill the group’s mission to set the Division I strategic agenda, board members are interested in receiving additional membership input on proposed strategic areas of emphasis for 2018 to 2023. The Division I board is identifying its priorities and areas of emphasis in conjunction with the Board of Governors’ strategic planning process.

The Division I board already shared a draft of its plan with the Presidential Forum and the Strategic Vision and Planning Committee for initial feedback. Now the group is seeking comments from a broader swath of the membership.

The board identified three foundational goals that could serve as the division’s highest priorities:

  • Develop policies and legislation to improve the academic success of student-athletes, and help provide a well-rounded and safe educational and athletics experience that supports their overall well-being and prepares them for a successful transition before, during and after college.
  • Oversee policies and legislation to enhance the sustainability of the collegiate model.
  • Identify and examine threats and opportunities impacting the collegiate model, and develop strategies to manage outcomes and enhance the student-athlete experience.

Several areas of focus within each of those foundational goals will be forwarded to the membership through a survey in the next few months. The board hopes to finalize its strategic areas of emphasis in April.

Board members also discussed its current membership composition, basketball issues and the Presidential Forum’s Charting the Course initiative.