Augustana University to pursue move to Division I athletics

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Augustana University in South Dakota will pursue a move to NCAA Division I athletics.

It’s one of a number of initiatives in a strategic vision for the next dozen years that was approved unanimously by the Board of Trustees for the Sioux Falls school. Other goals deal with academics and research.

The school currently competes in Division II athletics, as part of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The commission issued a statement saying Augustana hopes to secure an invitation to a Division I conference by the 2021-22 academic year.

Augustana last explored a possible reclassification about 12 years ago, after South Dakota State and North Dakota State moved to D-I athletics. The University of South Dakota and the University of North Dakota have since followed.