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