Amend Constitution Article IV, Section A as follows:

Active member institutions must be organizations in the United States, fully accredited by one of the six regional accrediting bodies: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MAS); New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE); North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC); Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS); Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU); Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Schools (WASC-ACS); in Canada, be a member of Universities Canada.

Associate membership status shall be accorded to four-year colleges and universities, and two-year institutions in the United States and Canada that award bachelor’s (baccalaureate) degree(s) but do not hold full accreditation or membership in one of the bodies listed above, or to institutions that hold full accreditation or membership in one of the bodies listed above but are classified as developing athletic programs, as defined by the Council of Presidents.

Intent: To reflect in the Constitution the expansion of the associate membership classification to include accredited institutions with developing athletic programs.

Effective date: April 12, 2017

Submitted by: Council of Presidents

 

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