Tulsa Receives NCAA Certification
The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced decisions recently concerning the certification status of 46 Division I member institutions that have undergone the Association’s second cycle of athletics certification. The University of Tulsa is one of 41 institutions that have been certified.
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.
The University of Tulsa committee responsible for the self-study included President Steadman Upham, steering committee chairperson Winona Tanaka, associate vice-president of academic affairs/vice provost; subcommittee chairs were Earl Johnson, dean of admission; Richard Reeder, professor of biological science; Sharon Baker, applied associate professor of deaf education; and, campus liaison Crista Troester, associate athletics director/senior woman administrator, as well as members of various other university constituencies.
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 classification means that the institution is considered to be operating its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the NCAA’s Division I membership. However, problems identified during the course of the institution’s self-study and the peer-review team’s evaluation were considered serious enough by the Committee on Athletics Certification to cause it to withhold full certification until those problems have been corrected. The NCAA does not divulge specific information related to an institution’s self-study or peer-review visit or specific information concerning the conditions set forth for certification.