NE10 Announces Strategic Plan: Embracing Excellence

STRATEGIC PLAN: Embracing Excellence (PDF)

MANSFIELD, Mass. - Northeast 10 Conference Commissioner Julie Ruppert today released the Conference's new Strategic Plan, Embracing Excellence, Strategic Vision 2019-2024, along with a revised Mission Statement and an innovative new Vision Statement. 
The plan is a dynamic document that supports the NE10's core values and a bold vision for the future to prepare its student-athletes, coaches and administrators to serve as engaged citizens and leaders in a diverse global society. Further, the plan includes goals and strategies that support the league's mission to provide its student-athletes with exceptional educational opportunities, high-level DII athletics competition and personal growth through contributions to the community. 

The Conference's Strategic Vision and Planning Subcommittee, led by Saint Anselm College President Dr. Steve DiSalvo and the Commissioner and her staff, worked collaboratively with the various conference constituencies and benefited significantly by a partnership with consultant Carolyn Schlie Femovich of the Pictor Group, to develop the plan. Additionally the NE10 joined with Gary Brown Communications Consulting to produce a vibrant and exciting public document illustrating the plan's components. 

"With the release of this plan, the NE10 is embracing its pursuit of a level of excellence in academics and athletics that will boldly define our future. I see that future as a bright one that builds upon our strong foundation of successes," said Ruppert. "I couldn't be more proud of this plan and the strategies contained within. They reflect our strong desire to raise the profile of the Conference and our individual members, foster cohesion and pursue shared goals and objectives. Each of the plan's areas reflect our commitment to provide a distinctive Division II student-athlete experience. I want to thank President DiSalvo and our planning committee and all those who worked on our Plan for their outstanding contributions."

"As Chair of the NE10's Strategic Visioning and Planning process, I wish to convey my personal thanks to the various constituent groups involved in helping to craft the NE10 Strategic Plan," said DiSalvo. "In particular, my fellow presidents Dr. Patty Lynott, Dr. Kim Mooney, Dr. Chris Hopey, Dr. Vince Maniaci and along with our commissioner Julie Ruppert, deserve special recognition for the time and effort they put it into leading this initiative.  I would be remiss if I did not also thank our consultant Carolyn Schlie Femovich for her guidance in working with our membership over the past six months. Together we have crafted an outstanding strategic plan that will lead the NE10 into the future while always doing our best to serve our student-athletes, coaches and administrators."

"The NE10 has always enjoyed great success in many areas," said Vince Maniaci, American International College President and Chair of the Council of Presidents. "The Conference's new Strategic Plan will help guide us in new directions in our ongoing pursuit of excellence within intercollegiate athletics. This document provides a blueprint for that quest and serves to enhance our united commitment to our student-athletes. As presidents, we are committed to working to accomplish the goals of this plan and embrace the excellence that the NE10 embodies."
The NE10 plan highlights five areas of strategic focus for the Conference, which form the foundation of the Conference's vision and are key to the NE10 further enhancing its role as a model NCAA Division II Conference that embraces a distinctive culture of academic and athletic excellence. 

Education and Leadership.Building leaders dedicated to life-long learning and community engagement.

Competitive Excellence.Creating champions through high-level, broad-based competition.

Total Well-Being.Promoting the health, well-being and holistic development of each individual.

Inclusion.Diversity. Equity. Access.Supporting diverse and inclusive environments that foster respect and value all persons.

Expanding our Reach. Embracing creative ways to convey the distinctiveness of the NE10 experience.

Each of these strategic focus areas contain specific goals and strategies within the plan that will be addressed and achieved over the next five years, the intended length of the plan.

The NE10 is an association of 15 diverse institutions serving student-athletes across 24 NCAA Division II sports. Together we build brilliant futures by embracing the journey of every student-athlete. 

Each year, 4,500 student-athletes compete in conference championships, making the NE10 the largest DII conference in the country in terms of sport sponsorship. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the NE10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.


With 21 intercollegiate sports, Stonehill boasts one of the top athletic and academic programs in the country. Stonehill has finished in the top three of the Northeast-10 Conference Presidents' Cup standings for overall athletic performance 14 straight years, following a third place finish in 2017-18. The Skyhawks have received the NCAA Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Achievement each of the first seven years of the program's existence of honoring institutions with an Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 90-percent or better. Stonehill has earned a 97% Academic Success Ranking (ASR) by the NCAA, which considers the academic success rate of the institution based on the graduation rate of student-athletes, good for fourth among all NCAA Division II institutions, with ten Skyhawk teams receiving a perfect rating of 100%. In addition, the Skyhawks are ranked third in the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) Power Rankings for Division II used to assess the academic and athletic standards of all NCAA and NAIA athletic programs.

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