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Division II Strategic Plan

Division II in April 2015 formally adopted a six-year strategic plan that builds upon the division’s unique attributes to guide future decisions. The plan supports Division II’s balanced and inclusive approach that affords student-athletes the opportunity to explore their varied academic and social interests, to grow as productive citizens and to contribute to their communities.

In 2018 the Division II Planning and Finance Committee oversaw a midterm assessment of the plan based on results from the 2018 Division II Membership Census to ensure that what the division committed to in 2015 remained on course. The midterm assessment reaffirmed the commitment to the plan’s mission and vision and to the values that drive them.

In 2020 the Planning and Finance Committee and the Division II Presidents Council agreed to extend the plan through 2023 to align with the timing of several important Division II and NCAA initiatives.

In the interim, the Planning and Finance Committee and Presidents Council authorized publishing an addendum to the current plan that highlights successful implementation of key initiatives that support the plan, outlines steps necessary to develop the next iteration, and illustrates action the Division II membership and governance structure took throughout 2020 to navigate the extraordinary circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic and keep the strategic plan on track.

Planning Timeline

Following is the timeline for the remaining years of the current plan as well as the approach for its successor:

  • January 2021 to August 2021 – Facilitate strategic planning discussions for the new plan and gather feedback from committees and associations.
  • Summer to Fall 2021 – From feedback and discussions, create questions for the 2022 Division II Census.
  • January 2022 – Launch the new census with the membership.
  • April 2022 – Management and Presidents Councils review census results.
  • May 2022 to April 2023 – Use census results to facilitate changes to the strategic plan.
  • July/August 2023 – Management and Presidents Councils approve the plan.
  • January 2024 – Launch the new strategic plan at the NCAA Convention.