Jul 12, 2017
The State University of New York-Delhi has been accepted as the eighth member of the American Collegiate Athletic Association by a unanimous vote of the league's Executive Council. Their membership is effective September 1, 2017.
"SUNY Delhi has made the long-term commitment to move to the NCAA and the institutions of the ACAA are happy to support their effort, as the leadership of the ACAA has accepted them by a unanimous vote to become members of our association," commented ACAA Commissioner Kelly Higgins.
"Their location and philosophy supporting student-athlete welfare will make them a great addition as we begin our expansion of the ACAA. While they are just beginning their four-year move into the NCAA, they have the infrastructure, leadership, and a plan in place to become great partners with each of our institutions, and I'm looking forward to working with them as we continue to build for the future."
Founded in 1913, SUNY Delhi has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade, reaching a record enrollment of over 3,600 students. Delhi is carving a unique niche in higher education by offering baccalaureate degrees that build on successful associate degree programs, baccalaureate completion programs on community college campuses and online degree programs tied to state and national employment needs.
"On behalf of our college and our administration, SUNY Delhi is very excited to enter into this new NCAA conference," said SUNY Delhi Director of Athletics Robert Backus. "We look forward to working with the Conference membership as we, as an institution, continue to move forward in the NCAA process."
The SUNY Delhi Broncos were accepted into exploratory membership with the NCAA in March. During the exploratory year, 2017-2018, SUNY Delhi will work with a consultant and NCAA staff to ensure that SUNY Delhi has or adopts guidelines and procedures that meet NCAA's eligibility requirements in terms of athletics, academics, facilities and support services. Throughout the process, SUNY Delhi will continue to compete in the USCAA and NAIA, including all post-season competitions. If SUNY Delhi is accepted into the NCAA in January, 2018 they will go through a provisional membership where they will compete against NCAA DIII institutions, but will not be eligible for post-season play for three seasons.