The process that goes into evaluating the appropriate collegiate athletic class |

Here is an interesting look into how one college went about the process of evaluating whether they’re at the appropriate classification level for athletics. In this particular case, we’re looking at Sheridan College, an NJCAA Division 1 institution.

SHERIDAN — With 2018 just on the horizon, Sheridan College recently made the declaration to remain a Division I program within the National Junior College Athletic Association for the next four years.

Every four years, the NJCAA requires each of its member schools to decide if the institution wants to reclassify its divisional status, and the Generals elected to remain Division I — a move that represents SC’s view on the importance of athletics.

“Dr. Paul Young, the president, makes a commitment to supporting athletics,” SC athletic director Jenni Winter said. “Our teams, especially on the rodeo side, are doing very well and have been very successful at the national level.

“Obviously, we are seeing some success with men’s basketball, as well, so I feel the support is there.”

The Sheridan College men’s basketball team — which is currently riding an 11-game winning streak and boasts a 14-1 overall record — earned a national ranking for the first time since 2013 a couple weeks ago. The Generals checked in at No. 17 in the latest NJCAA top 25.

Three divisions make up the NJCAA — Division I, II and III. Programs at the Division I level can allocate the most athletic scholarship money.

Schools such as SC have the capability to award full-ride scholarships to student-athletes, which include tuition, room and board, books and transportation.

The pool of scholarship money significantly drops at the Division II level and doesn’t exist at the Division III level.

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