Earlier this week, Johnson & Wales University hosted Jay Jones, Associate Director of NCAA Division III, and Julie Kline, Director of Athletics at Earlham College (Ind.) and Chair of the NCAA Division III Membership Committee on campus. Both guests had the opportunity to explore the campus and meet with campus leaders to talk about the membership process as well as show what JWU can expect from being a member of the NCAA. On Tuesday afternoon, they met with various departments from around the campus to discuss ways they can help support student-athletes in the classroom, on the court/field and after graduation. They offered an education session to campus staff about how the JWU campus community can help student-athletes stay in compliance with NCAA guidelines.
On Wednesday, the membership committee representatives provided a compliance overview session with coaches and other athletic department staff to answer questions that may come up through the membership process and provide guidance on NCAA Bylaws that the coaches most often encounter. Following the session with coaches, Chef Adam Sacks and his Athletic Performance Cuisine class prepared a lunch for the coaches and NCAA representatives. The day wrapped up with member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) meeting Jay and Julie to talk about their student-athlete experience and learn more about how the membership process impacts them.
Johnson & Wales University is in its first year of the Provisional Membership process. During the four year transition, institutions comply with NCAA guidelines and provide an annual report on the progress of their programs as well as the achievements and challenges of the previous year. Representatives of the Membership Committee visit the campus in the Fall of their first provisional year to review facilities and organizational structure as well as provide feedback and suggestions to the institution.