CONTACT: CHARLES S. DRUM
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0048; fax (319) 384-0024
UI athletics program participates in NCAA certification program
IOWA CITY, Iowa--The University of Iowa is currently engaged in a self-study
of its athletics program as required by the three-year-old certification program
of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) .
A 22-member steering committee, chaired by Mark Schantz, UI general counsel,
and Douglas True, UI vice president for finance and university services, will
prepare the self-study report to be submitted to the NCAA in the fall. Once
the report has been submitted, an NCAA certification team, made up of faculty
and administrators from peer institutions, will visit the campus late in the
year. This team of peer reviewers will conduct interviews on campus and will
make a recommendation to the NCAA Committee on Athletics Certification, which
will make a final decision on certification.
The NCAA is the organization through which the nation's colleges and universities
speak and act on athletics matters at the national level. It is a voluntary
association of more than 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and
individuals devoted to the sound administration of intercollegiate athletics.
Despite the voluntary nature of the organization, certification can have a
profound effect on an institution's participation in intercollegiate athletics.
The certification program was first instituted in 1993 as part of an overall
reform of the NCAA, in an effort to ensure the NCAA's commitment to integrity
in intercollegiate athletics.
Four basic topics are examined in the certification program: governance and
commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; fiscal integrity; and
commitment to equity. The team for the Iowa visit has not yet been named,
but it will most likely include the president of another Big Ten university.
The University of Iowa NCAA certification committee is seeking comments regarding
the university's intercollegiate athletics programs from all interested parties:
students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the general public.
Comments can be submitted in several ways:
By mail: NCAA Certification, The University of Iowa, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa
City, IA 52242
By email: email@example.com
On the World Wide Web at: http://www.uiowa.edu/~our/NCAA".
The website will include complete information about the process.