In order to compete in NCAA Division I Athletics, a college or university’s athletics program must achieve and maintain certification with the NCAA. As part of this process, Division I programs are required to prepare a self study once every ten years.
The purpose of certification is to provide a means to open the affairs of athletics to the University community and the public. Standards or operating principles have been established for Division I athletics programs that address governance and commitment to rules compliance, academic integrity, gender and diversity issues, and student-athlete well-being.
The self-study process is intended to provide institutions with an opportunity to involve the campus community in a review of the athletics program that identifies the things that are being done well while also pointing out the opportunities for improvement.
Nearly 80 individuals have been preparing the self-study report since Fall 2010. Members include University trustees, faculty, administrators, students, student-athletes, donors, and alumni. The report will be submitted to the NCAA on April 29, 2011. A copy of the draft report is available for public review and comment. The report can be accessed by clicking the link on the left side of this page “NCAA Self Study Draft.”
Comments can be e-mailed to the following e-mail account – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please provide comments before Tuesday, April 12, in order for them to be considered in preparing the final report.
An open forum will also be held on Monday, April 11, in the Multipurpose Activity Center Blue/White Club at 9 a.m.