Barry University is a proud member of NCAA Division II and the Sunshine State Conference

Division II Philosophy and Mission

Members of Division II believe that a well-conducted intercollegiate athletics program, based on sound educational principles and practices, is a proper part of the educational mission of a university or college and that the educational welfare of the participating student athlete is of primary concern.

Higher education has lasting importance on an individual's future success. The Division II approach provides the student-athlete with growth opportunities through academic achievement, learning in high-level athletic competition and development of positive societal attitudes in service to community.

Life In the Balance

Division II has taken a significant step toward reform by approving a presidentially-led "Life in the Balance" legislative package that streamlines seasons and reduces contests in 10 sports, including basketball.

The legislation took effect in fall 2010 when student-athletes in football, cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball reported to school a week later than in previous years, reducing the time that only student-athletes occupy campuses and, in turn, lightening the financial burden on the institutions to house and feed them.

Student-athletes in soccer and volleyball play two fewer contests in 2010 than previously (a two-game reduction in field hockey begins in 2011), and the Division II Football Championship will be played a week later than in previous years.

Baseball and softball student-athletes also spend less time on the diamonds through a six-game reduction for men and no more tournament exceptions for women. Golfers also get a three-contest-date reduction starting next year.

The Balance package also will affect basketball with a one-game reduction for men and women. In addition, a seven-day dead period over the winter holidays gives student-athletes and staffs alike more down time.

Most of the Balance package had support from the Division II governance structure, faculty athletics representatives and the Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Presidents and chancellors who brought about the change believe it not only will help institutions fiscally and student-athletes academically but that it also will help student-athletes have more well-rounded college experiences.

Academic Philosophy

Division II's philosophy calls for a comprehensive program of learning and development in a personal setting. Division II provides growth opportunities through academic achievement, learning in high-level athletics competition and development of societal attitudes in service to community. The balance and integration of these different areas of learning opportunity provide Division II student-athletes with a path to graduation while also cultivating a variety of skills and knowledge for life ahead.

Partial-Scholarship Model

Division II relies on a partial-scholarship model to administer athletics-based financial aid. Most Division II student-athletes finance their education through a combination of scholarship money, grants, student loans and employment earnings.

Division II recently retained a consultant firm to conduct a study that helps member schools and prospective members better understand both the real cost of the investments made by Division II institutions and the value they receive in return for their investments. Division II believes the particle-scholarship model has a direct impact on net tuition revenue and helps build cultural diversity and gender balance by attracting prospective students via competitive athletics programs.

Academic Success Rate

Division II was on the cutting edge of academic reform for intercollegiate athletics when it established its groundbreaking Academic Success Rate in 2006.
The Division II rate, the first such study to be undertaken within the Association, is unique in that it measures graduation outcomes for student-athletes who are not receiving athletically related financial aid.

That, combined with the assessment of transfer student-athletes, means that the Division II compilation evaluates nearly twice as many student-athletes as the study undertaken through the federal Student Right-to-Know Act.

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