Kansas State University

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  • NCAA Certification Self-Study

    March 15, 2010

  • Appoint committee members

    July-August 2010

  • Open meetings

    September 2010

  • Provide your input

    September 2010-January 2011

  • Draft reports reviewed

    January and February 2011

  • Gather feedback

    March 2011

  • Comprehensive report drafted

    March 2011

  • Final report review

    April 2011

  • Submit final report

    April 29, 2011

  • Report review

    May-Aug. 15, 2011

  • Outcome

    August 2011

Frequently Asked Questions

What is NCAA certification?

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a membership organization of colleges and universities that participate in intercollegiate athletics. Its primary purpose is to advance 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 athletics.

Athletics certification was approved by NCAA Division I institutions at the 1993 NCAA Convention and is in its third cycle of regularly scheduled institutional self-studies. The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification is appointed to determine the certification status of each Division I institution.

The NCAA has adopted standards for the operation of Division I athletics programs. They cover three basic areas:

  • Governance and commitment to rules compliance;
  • Academic integrity; and
  • Gender/Diversity and Student-athlete well-being.

Each Division I institution going through the self-study process is evaluated using the same standards. The self-study helps ensure the integrity of the institution's athletics operation.

K-State's first self-study was completed in 1995-1996 and the second in 2001-2002. Starting in 1997, the review cycle became once every ten years. In 2002, K-State received certification without any conditions, which is the highest level of certification awarded.

Why is certification important to the university and to athletics?

An effective self-study benefits the institution by providing:

  1. Self-awareness: The self-study offers a unique chance to educate individuals across campus about the athletics program's goals and challenges, and the ways in which athletics support the institution's mission.
  2. Affirmation: Athletics certification is meant to be a positive experience, which will reveal many areas worthy of praise.
  3. Opportunities to improve: Even an outstanding program can do better. As potential areas for improvement come to light, the self-study process will offer a forum for suggestions from individuals with a wide range of experience.

The self-study process is an important opportunity for K-State to step back and critically examine strengths, weaknesses and opportunities related to the welfare of our student-athletes, and to continue our tradition of operating our athletics program in a manner complementary to the university's overall goals. A successful certification process should provide affirmation that we are on track toward building and maintaining a model intercollegiate athletic program and achieving the first three of the five goals of the K-State Athletics Department:

  • A world-class student-athlete experience;
  • Value to the university, community and state; and
  • Integrity and transparency in matters of ethics, finance and NCAA compliance.

The other two goals - championship-level athletic performance and creating the best fan experience in the Big 12 - are also related to our NCAA certification status, since the association sponsors the national championship events and conference participation depends on certification.

Advice and consultation are part of the certification process. The institution opens itself to outside examination by those familiar with the NCAA certification standards. These individuals provide important feedback that allows us to strengthen our programs.

The certification process also provides assurance to the public - in particular to students - that an institution meets the NCAA's clearly stated standards and that it is reasonable to believe it will continue to do so.

What is involved in the process?

Institutions are permitted seven to nine months to complete the athletics certification self-study process, which formally begins with an orientation videoconference led by an NCAA staff member. K-State's videoconference was held on Aug. 16, 2010.

A self-study steering committee and several subcommittees are formed to ensure broad-based participation of constituent groups. These committees gather and review data, solicit input from campus constituents and provide responses to each of the self-study items. A comprehensive report is then developed for the NCAA Division I Committee to review. Our self-study report is due April 29, 2011.

The NCAA Division I Committee will determine if there are any issues it believes may prevent the institution from conforming to the established standards. These issues will be provided to a three- or four-member peer-review team and to the institution prior to a campus visit that is generally three or four days in length. The peer-review team is selected from a pool that includes individuals from other Division I institutions or conferences. K-State's visit will take place during Fall 2011.

Any rules violations or potential rules violations discovered by the peer-review team will be included in its written report to the institution and the NCAA Division I Committee.

The NCAA Division I Committee will render its decision based on materials provided by the institution and the peer-review team, and additional material and information deemed relevant by the NCAA Committee. K-State's certification decision will be announced in April 2012.

Footnote: Information incorporated in this document came from the NCAA Division I Athletics Certification Program "Message Points" document dated March 30, 2010.