On October 18, 2011, six Division II colleges and universities from Kentucky and Ohio announced the formation of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. The six members of the conference will include Cedarville University, Central State University, Notre Dame College (Ohio), Urbana University, Ursuline College and possibly Kentucky Wesleyan. The new conference will begin compeition in the fall of 2013 pending approval by the NCAA. More information on the creation of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference can be found at NCAA.org.
The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm has advised, and continues to recommend, NCAA member institutions conduct annual discussions (among all significant decision makers and stakeholders) on the short- and long-term strategic and tactical needs of the athletics department in several areas, including, but not limited to, competitive success and program development. The implementation of any strategies and tactics in the areas of competitive success and program development may involve or require changes in conference membership. Colleges and universities should be ready to make immediate decisions on conference membership that adheres to a strategic plan if another round of conference re-alignment occurs in the next five years.