USF Earns NCAA Certification

April 15, 2008

TAMPA -- The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced today that the University of South Florida has achieved full certification, along with 34 other Division I institutions.

"I am very proud that our athletic department has received NCAA Certification, “said USF President Judy Genshaft.  “This far-reaching assessment of USF Athletics is an endorsement of the very high standards and practices that have been set and achieved by our athletics staff.”

The purpose of athletics certification is to ensure integrity in the institution’s athletics program and to assist institutions in improving their athletics departments.  NCAA legislation mandating athletics certification was adopted in 1993.

“I am proud of the hard work our Steering Committee and Subcommittee members did to make this self-study a tremendous success,” said Director of Athletics Doug Woolard.  “I would like to offer special thanks to Bob Sullins and Tom Miller, Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee, and Amy Haworth, Associate Athletics Director, for providing leadership and guidance through the entire process.  I have always known USF Athletics is a special place and this review and certification has given us the opportunity to share that with the broader campus community.”

The NCAA Athletics Certification Self-Study Certification process involves an eighteen month self-study, report, peer evaluation and NCAA committee review with the goal of reviewing the governance, compliance, academic, gender, minority and student-athlete development areas of the USF Athletics Department. 

A designation of certified means that an institution operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.

The following 35 institutions were certified:
•            University of Arizona
•            Austin Peay State University
•            University of California, Irvine
•            Chicago State University
•            The Citadel
•            University of Connecticut
•            Duquesne University
•            Florida A&M University
•            Georgia Institute of Technology
•            Georgia State University
•            University of Houston
•            McNeese State University
•            Morgan State University
•            University of Nevada, Las Vegas
•            Nicholls State University
•            Pennsylvania State University
•            Pepperdine University
•            Purdue University
•            Robert Morris University
•            Sacred Heart University
•            St. Peter’s College
•            University of South Florida
•            Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
•            University of Oklahoma
•            University of Texas at Arlington
•            University of Texas at Austin
•            University of Texas at El Paso
•            University of Texas at San Antonio
•            University of Toledo
•            Utah State University
•            Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
•            Western Michigan University
•            University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
•            Wofford College
•            Xavier University

NCAA legislation mandating athletics certification was adopted in 1993, and the evaluation is intended to ensure athletics programs operate with integrity and to assist institutions in improving their athletics departments.

The second round of athletics certifications is being completed on a 10-year cycle rather than the five-year cycle used during the initial certification process. All 326 active Division I members participate in the certification process.

The Division I Committee on Athletics Certification preliminarily reviews an institution's certification materials and provides a list of issues identified during the evaluation. The university then hosts a visit by peer reviewers who file a report regarding the institution's resolution of those issues before a final certification decision is rendered. An institution's failure to satisfactorily respond to the committee may negatively impact certification status.

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