April 13, 2007
UI Earns NCAA Certification Of Athletics Program
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced Thursday that the athletics program at The University of Iowa has been certified by the NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification. Iowa is among 46 Division I schools whose certification status was announced by the NCAA today.
The designation of certified means that the UI is operating its athletics program in substantial conformity with NCAA Division I principles.
Specific areas of study during the certification process included academic integrity, governance and rules compliance, and commitment to equity and student-athlete welfare. The NCAA sets standards within each area of study and uses them to evaluate all Division I members.
"NCAA certification is an important validation of our emphasis on integrity and on providing all of our student-athletes with the opportunity to complete degree programs that will allow them to be successful long after their Hawkeye athletic careers," said UI Interim President Gary Fethke.
"On behalf of the university, I want to thank Pat Cain and the committee that led the certification process," Fethke added. "My thanks also to Gary Barta and his dedicated staff. They exemplify both integrity and the willingness to do what it takes to make an excellent program even better.
"One of our most important objectives during this process was to evaluate gender and racial equity, as well as the welfare of all student athletes, in our athletic programs, and this self-study includes an ambitious plan to help us improve in all of those areas to increase opportunities for Hawkeye student-athletes," Fethke said.
UI Athletics Director Gary Barta said, "We are pleased to have received this vote of confidence from the NCAA. Iowa has a longstanding tradition of doing things the right way, and this certification is further evidence of the confidence the NCAA and our peers have in our ongoing operations.
"I want to thank the President's Office and the dozens of staff across campus who participated in this process, Pat Cain who chaired this effort on behalf the university, and, most importantly, our coaches and staff for their continued commitment to running a first-class athletic program."
In April 2005, then-president David Skorton named UI Vice Provost Patricia Cain, Aliber Family Chair in Law, to chair the steering committee for the campus-wide self-study. Over the next year, the committee conducted a three-part self-study, after which an NCAA peer review team came to campus to evaluate the university's work and made a certification recommendation to the NCAA's Division I Committee on Athletics Certification, which ultimately determined Iowa's certified status. The UI report, along with further information about the committee's findings, is available at http://www.uiowa.edu/~our/ncaa-cert.
All NCAA Division I institutions undergo certification once every 10 years, to ensure integrity in athletics operations. The university community and the public are involved in a self-study process that serves to increase awareness and knowledge of the athletics program, while helping to affirm the strengths of the athletics department and develop plans to improve areas of concern.
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