MOUNT PLEASANT -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced that Central Michigan University’s Athletics Department has been certified as part of the Association’s second cycle of 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.
CMU was one of 41 schools that were certified this week and another five institutions were certified with conditions.
“We are pleased to once again be certified by the NCAA,” Athletics Director Dave Heeke said. “This illustrates the quality athletics program we have at CMU which sets a foundation for the success of our student-athletes both athletically and academically.”
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. 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.
“Many people were involved in the process, including university administration, faculty, staff, coaches, student-athletes and students,” Heeke said. “I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work, especially the steering committee and chair Jonas Cook, subcommittee chairs Elizabeth Brockman, Barbara Lindley and Susan Switzer, and NCAA liaison Derek van der Merwe.”
A designation of certified means that an institution operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.
“This full certification designation demonstrates that we are in conformity with the operating principles that are mandated for all 326 Division I programs and that we are managing such initiatives as equity, student-athlete welfare and compliance,” Senior Associate Athletics Director Derek van der Merwe said. “It also shows that we are working in concert with the institutional mission of CMU, including graduation rates and academic standards.”
CMU’s Athletics Department sponsors 16 sports while competing in the Mid-American Conference.