CHICAGO, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicago State University’s President Dr. Wayne Watson
announced today that on August 30, 2010, Chicago State University began an 18-month,
campus-wide effort to study its athletics program as part of the NCAA Division I
athletics certification program. Specific areas the study will cover are academic
integrity, governance and commitment to rules compliance, and commitment to gender/equity
and diversity and student-athlete well-being.
While academic accreditation is common in colleges and universities, this program
focuses solely on certification of athletics programs. Following a two-year pilot
project, the NCAA Division I membership overwhelmingly supported the program and
its standards at the 1993 NCAA Convention. Chicago State University completed its
first certification self-study in 1998. At the 1997 Convention, the NCAA Division
I membership voted to change the frequency of athletics certification from once every
five years to once every 10 years. Chicago State University completed its second
certification self-study in 2002. Thus, the current self-study will be the third
in the certification process for Chicago State.
The athletics certification program's purpose is to help ensure integrity in the
institution's athletics operations. The program opens up athletics to the rest of
the university community and to the public. Institutions will benefit by increasing
campus-wide awareness and knowledge of the athletics program, confirming its strengths
and developing plans to improve areas of concern.
The committee responsible for the study will include Chicago State University’s President,
Judge Bernetta D. Bush (ret.) and Dr. Beverly M. John, Co-Chairs of the Steering
Committee, various members of the institution's faculty and staff, as well as, athletics
department personnel. NCAA membership services staff conducted a one-day orientation
videoconference on September 14, 2010 with the committee and its subcommittees.
Within each area to be studied by the committee, the program has standards known
as Operating Principles that were adopted by the Association to establish benchmarks
by which all Division I members are evaluated.
When Chicago State University has concluded its study, an external team of reviewers
will conduct a three-day evaluation visit on campus. Those reviewers will be peers
from other colleges, universities or conference offices. The peer-review team will
report to the NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification. The Committee
on Athletics Certification will then determine the institution's certification status
and announce the decision publicly. For institutions that fail to conduct a comprehensive
self-study or to correct problems, sanctions could be imposed.
The three options of certification status are: certified; certified with conditions
and not certified. While institutions will have an opportunity to correct deficient
areas, those institutions that do not take corrective actions may be ruled ineligible
for NCAA championships.
The NCAA is a membership organization of colleges and universities that participate
in intercollegiate athletics. The primary purpose of the Association is to maintain
intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the educational program and the
athlete as an integral part of the student body. Activities of the NCAA membership
include formulating rules of play for NCAA sports, conducting national championships,
adopting and enforcing standards of eligibility, and studying all phases of intercollegiate
Chicago State University was founded as a teacher training school in Blue Island,
Illinois on September 2, 1867. Today, the University is a fully accredited public,
urban institution located on 161-picturesque acres in a residential community on
Chicago’s South side. CSU is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor
of Illinois. The University’s five colleges—Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences,
Business, Education and Pharmacy—offer 36 undergraduate and 25 graduate and professional
degree-granting programs. CSU also offers an interdisciplinary Honors College for
students in all areas of study and has a Division of Continuing Education and Nontraditional
Degree Programs that offers extension courses, distance learning and not-for-credit
programs to the entire Chicago community.