Intercollegiate Athletics Vision, Mission, and Goals


A nationally prominent athletic organization, which is excellent in all respects while providing fans with the highest entertainment value as we promote integrity and sportsmanship to unparalleled levels of excellence.


Our collective aspirations will be to:

  • achieve national success – both athletically and academically – and by so doing engage and inspire all constituencies to support the broader University pursuit of preeminence.
  • allow student-athletes to meet or exceed their expectations in every aspect of their experience at the University, and to provide the resources for coaches and staff to develop winning programs.

Our mission will be accomplished in an environment, which recognizes the value of diversity and adheres to the highest standards of integrity, work ethic, and teamwork by student-athletes and staff while complementing the institution’s vision. The mission of the UD Athletics and Intramurals Program is to support the greater goals of the University of Dubuque by providing opportunities for respect, responsibility, integrity, leadership, and sportsmanship to all students, faculty, and staff through the medium of movement and competition. Recreation and Intramural Sports supports the holistic development of the student by providing a platform that contributes to their social and personal interaction with others and promotes physical well-being throughout the campus environment.



All sports will place in the upper half of the Iowa Conference and qualify for the Iowa Conference Tournaments and with goals to be ranked in the top 25 nationally. When we are performing at these levels on a consistent basis, we will be competing for championships in the IIAC and nationally. The practice of conducting regular assessments and evaluations, in order to guide the Department’s response and adaptation to an ever-changing environment—including adapting programs to the evolving needs and interests of students, to the outreach goals of the College, and to the competitive demands of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.


Student-athletes will be at or above the all-campus grade point average. Graduation rates will be at or above the all-campus average 


Marketing, Promotion, and Development plans will be designed and implemented to generate a source of revenue. These monies, along with all other funds available to the department, will be allocated and managed to ensure we have the resources for quality academic support services and comprehensive, excellent facilities for the Division III student-athlete.


Provide quality participation opportunities, which recognize and support gender and ethnic equity for all student-athletes in an atmosphere which fosters diversity in all constituencies. Further, the vision is to become known as a leader among Division III programs offering broad based, equitable, Title IX compliant student-centered programming.


All actions, whether proactive or reactive, will create, maintain and project an image of excellence at the University of Dubuque. Coaches and staff will appear in a professional manner with proper attire whenever representing the University of Dubuque on and off campus. 


Division III Philosophy Statement 

Colleges and universities in Division III place the highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of all students’ academic programs. They seek to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete’s athletics activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete’s educational experience, and an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among their student-athletes and athletics staff. To achieve this end, Division III institutions:

  1. Expect that institutional presidents and chancellors have the ultimate responsibility and final authority for the conduct of the intercollegiate athletics program at the institutional, conference and national governance levels;
  2. Place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators and place greater emphasis on the internal constituency (e.g., students, alumni, institutional personnel) than on the general public and its entertainment needs;
  3. Shall not award financial aid to any student on the basis of athletics leadership, ability, participation or performance;
  4. Primarily focus on intercollegiate athletics as a four-year, undergraduate experience;
  5. Encourage the development of sportsmanship and positive societal attitudes in all constituents, including student-athletes, coaches, administrative personnel and spectators;
  6. Encourage participation by maximizing the number and variety of sport offerings for their students through broad-based athletics programs;
  7. Assure that the actions of coaches and administrators exhibit fairness, openness and honesty in their relationships with student-athletes;
  8. Assure that athletics participants are not treated differently from other members of the student body;
  9. Assure that student-athletes are supported in their efforts to meaningfully participate in nonathletic pursuits to enhance their overall educational experience;
  10. Assure that athletics programs support the institution’s educational mission by financing, staffing and controlling the programs through the same general procedures as other departments of the institution. Further, the administration of an institution’s athletics program (e.g., hiring, compensation, professional development, certification of coaches) should be integrated into the campus culture and educational mission;
  11. Assure that athletics recruitment complies with established institutional policies and procedures applicable to the admission process;
  12. Exercise institutional and/or conference autonomy in the establishment of initial and continuing eligibility standards for student-athletes;
  13. Assure that academic performance of student-athletes is, at a minimum, consistent with that of the general student body;
  14. Assure that admission policies for student-athletes comply with policies and procedures applicable to the general student body;
  15. Provide equitable athletics opportunities for males and females and give equal emphasis to men’s and women’s sports;
  16. Support ethnic and gender diversity for all constituents;
  17. Give primary emphasis to regional in-season competition and conference championships; and
  18. Support student-athletes in their efforts to reach high levels of athletics performance, which may include opportunities for participation in national championships, by providing all teams with adequate facilities, competent coaching and appropriate competitive opportunities.

The purpose of the NCAA is to assist its members in developing the basis for consistent, equitable competition while minimizing infringement on the freedom of individual institutions to determine their own special objectives and programs. The above statement articulates principles that represent a commitment to Division III membership and shall serve as a guide for the preparation of legislation by the division and for planning and implementation of programs by institutions and conferences.