Brad Posted April 15, 2008 Group: Admin Topic Count: 0 Content Count: 91,470 Reputation: 8,239 Days Won: 382 Joined: 05/19/2000 Share Posted April 15, 2008 Courtesy USFUSF Earns NCAA CertificationTAMPA -- The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced today that the University of South Florida has achieved full certification, along with 34 other Division I institutions. "I am very proud that our athletic department has received NCAA Certification, Ã¢â‚¬Å“said USF President Judy Genshaft. Ã¢â‚¬Å“This far-reaching assessment of USF Athletics is an endorsement of the very high standards and practices that have been set and achieved by our athletics staff.Ã¢â‚¬ÂThe purpose of athletics certification is to ensure integrity in the institutionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s athletics program and to assist institutions in improving their athletics departments. NCAA legislation mandating athletics certification was adopted in 1993.Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am proud of the hard work our Steering Committee and Subcommittee members did to make this self-study a tremendous success,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Director of Athletics Doug Woolard. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I would like to offer special thanks to Bob Sullins and Tom Miller, Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee, and Amy Haworth, Associate Athletics Director, for providing leadership and guidance through the entire process. I have always known USF Athletics is a special place and this review and certification has given us the opportunity to share that with the broader campus community.Ã¢â‚¬ÂThe NCAA Athletics Certification Self-Study Certification process involves an eighteen month self-study, report, peer evaluation and NCAA committee review with the goal of reviewing the governance, compliance, academic, gender, minority and student-athlete development areas of the USF Athletics Department. A designation of certified means that an institution operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.The following 35 institutions were certified:Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ University of ArizonaÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ Austin Peay State UniversityÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ University of California, IrvineÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ Chicago State UniversityÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ The CitadelÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ University of ConnecticutÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ Duquesne UniversityÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ Florida A&M UniversityÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ Georgia Institute of TechnologyÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ Georgia State UniversityÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ University of HoustonÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ McNeese State UniversityÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ Morgan State UniversityÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ University of Nevada, Las VegasÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ Nicholls State UniversityÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ Pennsylvania State UniversityÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ Pepperdine UniversityÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ Purdue UniversityÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ Robert Morris UniversityÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ Sacred Heart UniversityÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ St. PeterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s CollegeÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ University of South FloridaÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ Southern Illinois University at CarbondaleÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ University of OklahomaÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ University of Texas at ArlingtonÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ University of Texas at AustinÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ University of Texas at El PasoÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ University of Texas at San AntonioÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ University of ToledoÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ Utah State UniversityÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State UniversityÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ Western Michigan UniversityÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ University of Wisconsin, Green BayÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ Wofford CollegeÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ Xavier UniversityNCAA legislation mandating athletics certification was adopted in 1993, and the evaluation is intended to ensure athletics programs operate with integrity and to assist institutions in improving their athletics departments.The second round of athletics certifications is being completed on a 10-year cycle rather than the five-year cycle used during the initial certification process. All 326 active Division I members participate in the certification process.The Division I Committee on Athletics Certification preliminarily reviews an institution's certification materials and provides a list of issues identified during the evaluation. The university then 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. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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