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									NCAA 101:
Institutional Control and Academic
Integrity for AN NCAA self-study

               Steve Chen & William Salazar.
                   Morehead State University
                  2009 AAHPERD Convention
                            Tampa, Florida
 Overview   of the intercollegiate athletics
 Issues and concerns of today’s
  intercollegiate sports
 The need of the NCAA certification
 The procedures of the NCAA certification
 Sharing the best practices
 Hands-on experience
Alarge component of the sport industry of
 North America
 More  than a 1280 colleges and universities
 offer intercollegiate sport
       some schools dropping programs,
 Despite
 consumer attraction continues to grow
 Paradoxical appeal—Collegiate athletics
 are exciting in nature but wrought with
 Academic   fraud
 Recruiting violations
 A “Must Win at all cost” philosophy
 Commercial and profit-driven
 Substance abuse + deviant behaviors
 Gender inequity
 Diversity issues in coaching and
 Other
 Inyour opinion, is the popularity of
 intercollegiate sports in North America
 a healthy component for our
 educational system?
          The Need of the NCAA
         Certification Process (I)

Mission of the National Collegiate Athletic
Association (NCAA):
 The basic purpose of this 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 and, by
 doing so, retain a clear line of demarcation
 between intercollegiate athletics and
 professional sports. (NCAA Manual)
         The Need of the NCAA
        Certification Process (II)
 NCAA Division-I Athletic Programs
*At least seven sports for men and seven for
women (or six for men and eight for women). At
least two team sports for each gender.

*Contest and participant minimums for each sport &
scheduling criteria (both on and off the court)

*Minimum and maximum financial aid awards for
each sport. (NCAA Manual 2004-05)
      The Need of the NCAA
     Certification Process (III)

 Issues   of NCAA financial issues
 Dilemmas    with the issue of amateurism
         in integrity and philosophy of the
 Conflicts
 Began    in 1993 (5 years cycle)
 Purpose   to hold Division I institutions
    accountable for athletics operations.
   Governance and rules compliance;
    academic integrity; fiscal integrity; equity,
    welfare, and sportsmanship
 Eliminated   fiscal operating principle for 2nd
    cycle (1999).

 Self-awareness

 Affirmation

 Opportunities   to improve
            Step No. 1
            Orientation                                  Step No. 2                              Step No. 3
      videoconference and                        Institution develops self-              Self-study report submitted
  institution begins self-study                         study report.                      via ACS May 1, 2007.
      process (Sept-Nov).

                             Report developed
                             September - April

                                                    Step No. 5                                   Step No. 4
        Step No. 6                        Full committee (CAC) reviews
 Institution has option to                                                               NCAA staff liaison reviews
                                          self-study report and approves                report for preliminary issues.
respond to CAC analysis.                               issues.

                              July 15 –                                       May 1 –
                              August 15                                       June 30
          Step No. 7
  Peer-review team conducts                                   Step No. 8
 campus visit (Sept 15 – Dec)                           Peer-review team report
  and writes report on Web-                             styled at NCAA office.
         based system

                                     September 15 -                                  October - January

                                                                  Step No. 9
         Step No. 10                                    PRT report sent to the president
CAC deliberates and issues a final                       or chancellor for response on
  decision for all institutions.                              Web-based system

                                        February 2008
From the NCAA:
    Committee on Athletics Certification

 18   members
  • College presidents (N = 4)
  • Athletics administrators (N = 10)
  • Faculty athletics representatives (N = 2)
  • Conference administrators (N = 2)
Assist institutions in identifying
 mechanisms to ensure
 intercollegiate athletics programs
 are operating to their fullest
 A Typical Peer-Review Team

•Maximum of four members.
•Chaired by a president or chancellor
whenever possible.
•Random selection approved by
•Will not include peer-reviewers with
potential conflicts of interest.
 Responsible for:

• Verifying Accuracy of the self-study.
• Verifying Broad-based participation.

• Evaluating Conformity with the operating
 Other Players in Certification
 From the Reviewed Institution:

Steering Committee
Self-Study Subcommittees
Campus Liaison
Chief Report Writer
NCAA staff
Student-Athlete & Student
 Government Representatives
 Three Levels of Responses:

 Certified

 Certified   with Conditions

 Not   Certified
          expectations for each operating
 Clarifies

 Brings   more consistency to the process.

 Usedby institutions, NCAA staff, peer-
 review teams and the committee.
 Stand-alone   and in writing
 Broad-based campus participation
 Issues/problems
 Measurable goals
 Steps to achieve the goals
 Specific timetable(s)
 Individuals/offices responsible for carrying out
  the specific actions
 Institutional approval
 The   Steering Committee & Subcommittees:

  • Governance and Rules Compliance
     9 members
  • Academic Integrity
     9 members
  • Equity and Student Athlete Welfare
     8 members
     of AI Subcommittee:
 Foci
 2 Operating Principles: Standards & Support

  • Previous strikes (first cycle)
  • Admission process
     Standards
     Differences
  • Clarification of eligibility
     Initial stage
     Continual stage
  • Graduation rates
 Foci   of AI: (Continued)

  • Publications of academic standards and policies
     Location
     Clarity
  • Monitoring athletes’ missed class time
  • Scheduling and practice time
  • Support in tutoring, advising, & skill training
     Availability
     Consistency
 Based   on 2 operating principles

  • Academic Standards:
     6 points
     Policies, graduation rates & evaluations
  • Academic Support:
     7 points
     Program availability, communication, special needs,
      and review
 Inconsistent  standards
 Deficiency of athletes’ graduation rates
 Gender and ethnic inequities
 Lack of appropriate records
 Insufficient support in academics,
  tutoring, career finding, etc.
 Inconsistency in communication
Category     Admission   Graduation   Ethnicity
              Scores        Rate
  Program Area      Scholarship    Evaluation

Issues             low numbers    Lack of
                   for women      records
Measurable Goals

Steps to Achieve

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