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Exploring a Possible Move to Division I Athletics

Tarleton State University

The possibility of Tarleton State University moving up from Division II Intercollegiate Athletics (DII) competition to Division I (DI) has been a topic of discussion for the past few years. Such a move would have a major impact in several ways, such as required resources, level of competition, and national visibility.

To explore these ramifications, Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio has assembled a special task force with broad university representation.

Task Force Responsibilities

The charge of the task force is to provide an objective, unbiased assessment that can help the University reach the most informed decision about what is best for Tarleton, if the University receives an invite from a DI athletic conference.

The process being followed by the task force is to:

  • Discuss issues related to the potential transition from DII to DI,
  • Gather information,
  • Seek additional questions that needed to be addressed,
  • Seed additional questions through discussions with the University Budget Council, Faculty Senate, Staff Council, Student Government Association, and Campus Constituents (including alumni and donors),
  • Answer questions if it can,
  • Identify the questions it cannot answer, and
  • Submit its findings to the Executive Cabinet.

Forums with the Faculty Senate, Student Government Association, Staff Council, University Budget Council, and the campus community at large (also open to alumni and donors) will take place during November. A survey is also planned after all forums are held. Answers to questions appearing in the FAQs are being updated as information is gathered. Given the nature of this issue, answers to some questions will be speculative at best and may change as additional information is gathered.