Aug. 18, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced decisions today concerning the status of 28 member institutions in the division's athletics certification process. A certified designation, which Coastal Carolina University received, denotes that an institution operates its athletics program in compliance with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.
"The NCAA Certification process is an extremely thorough self-evaluation of the Department of Athletics involving a commitment from various constituents across our campus," said Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek." The process assists in promoting communication across campus regarding athletics, highlights our areas of success and provides data on our areas for improvement. I am grateful for the time and sacrifices many people made to make this process a success."
This cycle represents the last certifications started before a moratorium was placed on the NCAA's current 10-year cycle certification program in April 2011 by the Division I Board of Directors. In Jan. 2011, NCAA President Mark Emmert asked staff to evaluate the program to reduce the burden on institutions, increase cost-effectiveness and improve the overall value.
Legislation mandating certification was adopted for all active Division I schools in 1993 to ensure the integrity of each member institution's athletics program, while assisting institutions with improvements when necessary.
In order to complete the certification process before the moratorium, the institution finished a self-study led by an institution's president or chancellor. In addition, institutions completed a review of these primary components: governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; gender/diversity issues and student-athlete well-being. Each member institution is to complete a self-study at least once every 10 years. However, no active members will begin the certification until Aug. 1, 2013 because of the suspension of the certification program.
The following 27 institutions were certified: Appalachian State University; Butler University; Chicago State University; Coastal Carolina University; Florida International University; Georgetown University; Illinois State University; Iowa State University; Kansas State University; Long Beach State University; Long Island University- Brooklyn; Marist College; Miami University (Ohio); Missouri State University; Monmouth University; Montana State University; Northeastern University; Saint Louis University; San Jose State University; Southeast Missouri State University; Tulane University; Vanderbilt University; Washington State University; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Montana; and University of Texas Pan American.
In addition, the following institution has been certified with conditions: Southern University, Baton Rouge.
Certified with conditions means the institution is considered to be operating its athletics program in compliance with operating principles. However, issues identified during the course of the institution's evaluation were considered serious enough by the Division I Committee on Athletics Certification to cause it to withhold full certification until those issues have been corrected. The NCAA does not divulge specific information related to an institution's self-study or peer-review visit or the conditions set forth for certification.
The Division I Committee on Athletics Certification preliminarily reviews an institution's certification materials and provides a list of issues identified during the evaluation. Then, the university hosts a visit by peer reviewers who file a report regarding the institution's resolution of those issues before a final certification decision is rendered. An institution's failure to satisfactorily respond to the committee may negatively impact certification status.
The certification process is separate from the NCAA's enforcement program, which investigates allegations of rules violations by NCAA member institutions. A decision of certified does not exempt an institution from concurrent or subsequent enforcement proceedings.