IWC takes next step toward NCAA DIII membership
A five-member committee at Iowa Wesleyan College is putting the finishing touches on the school's application for NCAA Division III provisional membership.
"We're really, really close to being done," IWC Athletic Director Mike Hampton said. "We're putting the finishing touches to it. We still have to do a little tweaking on grammar and layout, but in substance, it's completed."
Hampton is one of the five committee members that has been meeting weekly since October to finish the application, which includes a compliance assessment and a viability statement.
He is joined by Linda Buchanan, vice president and dean of student life; David Seibert, faculty athletic representative; Steve Williamson, women's basketball coach and compliance officer; and Lexy Determan, administrative assistant and senior women's administrative officer.
The five-person group has been working hard on the "multiple document, multiple requirement" application, Buchanan said, echoing Hampton's assurance that the project is nearly finished.
"It's coming very, very well," she said. "We're just making things look good at this point. We have nothing substantive left to complete."
The application, which has to be electronically submitted by Jan. 15, includes a number of different things, such as a revised coaches' handbook and a new student athlete handbook, which the group created.
"It's A to Z," Hampton said. "It's quite an assessment. It's been good — very educational."
After the application is submitted, the NCAA will study it, and when it is passed, it will take IWC to the next step in the process of joining the NCAA: provisional membership.
Currently, IWC is an exploratory member of the NCAA.
Hampton said he can't be sure, but his best guess is that IWC will hear back from the NCAA sometime between late spring and early summer.
In that same time, IWC will be making a transition to a new president — Jay Simmons has submitted his resignation to the board, but will be at IWC until the end of the school year.
Committee members don't believe that transition will have any effect on their work.
"I don't see any stumbling block," Hampton said, and Buchanan agreed.
"I'm very confident in the board of trustees; they're the ones who made the decision (to move to DIII)," she said.
After IWC is notified that it has become a provisional member of the NCAA, it will serve a four-year provisional membership period, completing further requirements in each year of the program, according to information from the NCAA.
These requirements include attending NCAA meetings and seminars, conducting check-ins with a membership committee member, submitting annual reports, and completing self-study guides.
"I'm confident that IWC will be able to meet all requirements and deadlines," Buchanan said.