On Monday, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) approved the formation of a new athletic conference which will be named the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA).The new conference is comprised of five universities in the Upper Midwest. The five schools that have actively been working on the new conference and are charter members include:
• Dakota State University of Madison, S.D.
• Jamestown College of Jamestown, N.D.
• Mayville State University of Mayville, N.D.
• Presentation College of Aberdeen, S.D.
• Valley City State University of Valley City, N.D.
The five schools also announced today that they have invited Dickinson State University to join the new conference beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.
"At this time we are exploring our options and will be evaluating whether or not to join the NSAA," said Dickinson State University President, Dr. D.C. Coston. "The issues we will be putting focus on include: whether or not the alliance will improve the academic experience for our student athletes by allowing for less travel; whether our athletes will have greater opportunity to compete in conference championships; and whether the long-term history of competition with members of the new conference will enhance the experiences of our student athletes, teams and those that support Dickinson State."
Dickinson State University is currently a member of the NAIA's Frontier Conference.