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  • Name: Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS)
  • Total Members: 54 Colleges
  • Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
CIS Qualifications:
Canadian Interuniversity Sport Members are post-secondary institutions of learning, located within Canada, who are members of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), which have applied for and been admitted to Membership in accordance with the By-laws. Members are the primary providers of interuniversity sport programs, and are members of a Regional Association, and have voting privileges at the Annual General Meeting. Through their Regional Associations, Members are provided positions on the Board of Directors and various Committees. The institution applying to become a CIS Member must meet the following conditions: Members shall be active members in good standing of a Regional Association. Members shall be active members in good standing of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). Members shall offer to their student bodies, Canadian Interuniversity Sport competition in one or more sports for men and one or more sports for women. Members shall be liable for and shall pay fees to Canadian Interuniversity Sport as determined by the General Assembly from time to time.
Sources: universitysport.ca, November 2005
 
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  • Name: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Total Members: 290 Colleges
  • Location: Olathe, Kansas

Active membership in the NAIA is open to fouryear colleges and universities, and upperlevel, twoyear institutions in the United States and Canada that award the bachelor’s (baccalaureate) degree, or its equivalent. Active members must be notforprofit organizations and (for members in the United States) fully accredited by one of the six established regional accrediting bodies. Associate membership is available to fouryear colleges and universities, and twoyear institutions in the U.S. and Canada that award bachelor’s degree(s) but do not hold full accreditation by one of the six institutional accrediting bodies. The NAIA does not require a minimum number of sponsored varsity sports. Consistent with the association’s philosophy of institutional autonomy, active members are permitted to make decisions about sports sponsorship consistent with their institution’s mission and overall budgetary needs. Affiliated NAIA conferences, however, often do have minimum sponsorship requirements that conference members must meet. Maximum institutional aid limits exist for each sport. Financial aid limitations are outlined in Article VIII, Section G of the current NAIA Council of Presidents policy manual. All or a portion of institutional aid awarded to individual studentathletes may be exempted based on academic performance. For example, aid to continuing students with a 3.60 cumulative gradepoint average or who are in the top 10 percent of their class will not count against financial aid limits.
Sources: NAIA.org, July 2005
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  • Name: National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • Division: III
  • Total Members: 449 Colleges

Division III Qualifications:
Division III institutions have to sponsor at least five sports for men and five for women, with two team sports for each gender, and each playing season represented by each gender. There are minimum contest and participant minimums for each sport. Division III athletics features student-athletes who receive no financial aid related to their athletic ability and athletic departments are staffed and funded like any other department in the university. Division III athletics departments place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators. The student-athlete's experience is of paramount concern. Division III athletics encourages participation by maximizing the number and variety of athletics opportunities available to students, placing primary emphasis on regional in-season and conference competition.
Sources: NCAA.org, July 2005

 

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  • Name: National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • Division: II
  • Total Members: 281 Colleges

Division II institutions have to sponsor at least four sports for men and four for women, with two team sports for each gender, and each playing season represented by each gender. There are contest and participant minimums for each sport, as well as scheduling criteria -- football and men's and women's basketball teams must play at least 50% of their games against Div. II or I-A or I-AA opponents. For sports other than football and basketball there are no scheduling requirements. There are not attendance requirements for football, or arena game requirements for basketball. There are maximum financial aid awards for each sport that a Div. II school must not exceed. Division II teams usually feature a number of local or in-state student-athletes. Many Division II student-athletes pay for school through a combination of scholarship money, grants, student loans and employment earnings. Division II athletics programs are financed in the institution's budget like other academic departments on campus. Traditional rivalries with regional institutions dominate schedules of many Division II athletics programs.
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  • Name: National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • Division: I
  • Total Members: 346 Colleges
Division I Qualifications:
Division I member institutions have to sponsor at least seven sports for men and seven for women (or six for men and eight for women) with two team sports for each gender. Each playing season has to be represented by each gender as well. There are contest and participant minimums for each sport, as well as scheduling criteria. For sports other than football and basketball, Div. I schools must play 100% of the minimum number of contests against Div. I opponents -- anything over the minimum number of games has to be 50% Div. I. Men's and women's basketball teams have to play all but two games against Div. I teams, for men, they must play 1/3 of all their contests in the home arena. Schools that have football are classified as Div. I-A or I-AA. I-A football schools are usually fairly elaborate programs. Div. I-A teams have to meet minimum attendance requirements (17,000 people in attendance per home game, OR 20,000 average of all football games in the last four years or, 30,000 permanent seats in their stadium and average 17,000 per home game or 20,000 average of all football games in the last four years OR, be in a member conference in which at least six conference members sponsor football or more than half of football schools meet attendance criterion. Div. I-AA teams do not need to meet minimum attendance requirements. Div. I schools must meet minimum financial aid awards for their athletics program, and there are maximum financial aid awards for each sport that a Div. I school cannot exceed.
Sources: NCAA.org, July 2005

 

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  • Name: United States Collegiate Athletic Association
  • Total Members: 85 Colleges
  • Location: Nofolk, Virginia

Colleges in the United States that meet set criteria from the Board of Directors offering educational quality that meet or exceed criteria that is required to grant the school an accreditation. The USCAA provides a national setting that traditional and nontraditional institutions can strive in. The membership is made up of several types of nationally accredited higher education programs. Member institutions offer four year degrees, associates degrees, and trade opportunities. The USCAA has worked to formulate an association that provides an equal playing field for each type of institution. USCAA members typically have small enrollment figures that range between 500 and 2000. The USCAA is proud of its institutions and their outstanding athletic programs, and wants to provide a place where diverse schools feel welcome and can compete at a national level.

The following criteria will be considered in determining the applying institution’s fit in the association.

1.) Institution is considered a small college. Generally, institutions with full-time enrollments over 3,000 full-time students will not be considered.
2.) Institution has similar resources including but not limited to budget, scholarship monies, human resource, etc. as current member institutions.
3.) Institution is on a similar competitive level as other member institutions, as determined by the board of directors.