NCAA Certifies TSU Athletics
Friday, April 17, 2009

NCAA Certifies TSU Athletics


Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Athletics Department has received full Division I certification by the NCAA.

The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced that TSU was one of 35 Division I member institutions that was awarded second-cycle certification.

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.

The certification process, which involves a self-study led by an institution’s president or chancellor, includes a review of these primary components:  governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; equity; and student-athlete well-being.

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

 Including TSU, the following 35 institutions were certified:

•            Boston College
•            Brigham Young University
•            California State University, Fresno
•            Cornell University
•            George Washington University
•            Hampton University
•            Indiana State University
•            Morehead State University
•            Murray State University
•            New Mexico State University
•            Norfolk State University
•            Northern Arizona University
•            Ohio University
•            Prairie View A&M University
•            Princeton University
•            Providence College
•            Rice University
•            Sam Houston State University
•            Stanford University
•            Temple University
•            Texas State University, San Marcos
•            Texas Tech University
•            Weber State University
•            United States Military Academy
•            University of Alabama at Birmingham
•            University of Arkansas, Little Rock
•            University of California, Santa Barbara
•            University of Illinois, Champaign
•            University of Louisiana at Lafayette
•            University of Louisiana at Monroe
•            University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
•            University of Mississippi
•            University of Missouri, Kansas City
•            University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

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.