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Certification Process

The NCAA Certification Process requires that all member institutions undergo a comprehensive examination of its athletics program every 10 years. The process focuses institutional attention on its athletics program for the purpose of determining the structure and adequacy of departmental and institutional compliance. Not only does the process focus on compliance with NCAA rules; it also causes the institution to review the department's compliance with its institutional responsibilities.

Area of Certification

  1. Academic Integrity

    A thorough comparative analysis of admissions policies, academic support and academic success will be completed in this section. Self-study questions are framed to ensure careful thought in relating the actual policies and practices of the department of athletics to the educational mission of the institution.

  2. Gender/Diversity Issues & Student-Athlete Well-Being

    This section will examine the athletic department's commitment to fair and equitable treatment of both men and women.

  3. Governance/Rules Compliance

    This section will guide the institution through a comparative study in the areas of governance structure, departmental structure, administrative functions, lines of communication, oversight delegation and internal and external controls. This section also helps the institution determine its level of compliance commitment by exploring the institution's system for rules education, documentation of compliance and oversight functions and staffing and resources devoted to the compliance effort.

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The Process

  1. Institution begins self-study process with orientation videoconference Word document icon:
    August 16, 2010 - October 29, 2010
  2. Institution develops self-study report:
    August 16, 2010 - May 13, 2011
  3. Institution submits self-study report via Athletics Certification System (ACS) by:
    May 13, 2011
  4. NCAA staff liaison reviews report for preliminary issues:
    May 13, 2011 - May 31, 2011
  5. Full committee reviews self-study report and approves issues:
    June 1, 2011 - August 15, 2011
  6. Institution responds to issues identified in Committee on Athletics Certification (CAC) analysis via ACS by:
    August 15, 2011 or two weeks prior to the evaluation visit
  7. Peer-review team (PRT) conducts evaluation visit and writes report:
    October 12 - 14, 2011
  8. PRT sends reports to institution for response:
    Within 2 weeks of campus visit
  9. Institution responds to PRT report by:
    December 16, 2011
  10. CAC deliberates and issues final decisions for all institutions:
    February 2012
  11. CSULB Certification decision annouced:
    April 2012