INSIDE IOWA STATE
September 28, 2001
Athletics study under way
NCAA re-certification sought
by Diana Pounds
Teams of ISU faculty, staff and students are 18 months into a lengthy study
of the athletics program. The study is part of the NCAA Division I
certification process -- a process similar to the accreditation review for
"It can be every bit as rigorous as accreditation," said senior associate
athletic director Elaine Hieber. "The process requires months of study and
documentation, followed by a four-day campus visit by an external team of
reviewers. The entire process can take 18 months to two years."
A 21-member steering committee, co-chaired by ISU faculty Richard Horton and
Barbara Licklider, is leading the self-study of the athletics program. Seven
other subcommittees are involved in portions of the study.
"Athletics certification is meant to ensure the NCAA's fundamental
commitment to integrity in intercollegiate athletics," Horton said.
The focus is on NCAA standards (called operating principles) in four basic
areas: academic integrity, fiscal integrity, governance and commitment to
rules compliance, and commitment to equity, student-athlete welfare and
"In a nutshell," Hieber said, "we must show that our student-athletes make
normal progress toward degrees and that we tend to their welfare on and off
the field; that we use funds appropriately; that we follow the rules of the
university, Big 12 and NCAA; that we provide equal opportunities for men,
women and minorities (both as student-athletes and staff); and that we
promote good sportsmanship among students, staff and spectators."
Licklider said, "An important part of the certification process is opening
the athletics department to the campus community and public. Faculty, staff,
students, student-athletes and alumni are working on this study," she added.
"We invite anyone else who has comments or questions about athletics to
submit them to us at
The steering committee plans to hold an open forum to seek public comments
on the report and the ISU athletics program at 4 p.m. Dec. 11 (location
TBA). Another forum may be held when the external review team visits campus
An NCAA committee, using information from the self-study and external
review, makes the decision on university certification. The committee can
fully certify a university, certify with conditions that must be met, or not
certify. An institution that's "not certified" and that doesn't correct
problems can be ineligible for NCAA championship competition.
The NCAA began the Division I certification program in the mid-1990s and
Iowa State received its first certification in 1997.
"Once the current process is completed, the new certification will be good
for 10 years, with the NCAA requiring a kind of five-year check-up at the
midpoint," Hieber said.
Information about the certification study is posted on the Web at
http://www.iastate.edu/ncaa. The steering committee plans to post a draft of
the self-study report in early December.
Ames, Iowa 50011, (515) 294-4111
Published by: University Relations,
Copyright © 1995-2001, Iowa State University. All rights reserved.