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:
Brigham Young University
California State University, Fresno
George Washington University
Indiana State University
Morehead State University
Murray State University
New Mexico State University
Norfolk State University
Northern Arizona University
Prairie View A&M University
Sam Houston State 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.