October 29, 1998
KALAMAZOO -- A peer review team representing the National Collegiate Athletic Association will conduct a public forum so that interested persons may provide input on WMU athletics at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in Room 213 of the Bernhard Center at Western Michigan University.
The forum is part of an NCAA certification process that includes review of WMU's financial integrity, rules compliance and commitment to equity in its athletics programs. WMU, along with all 307 NCAA Division I institutions, is involved the process.
"We encourage anyone with an interest in intercollegiate athletics at WMU to participate in this public forum," said Kathy B. Beauregard, director of intercollegiate athletics at WMU and a member of the WMU certification steering committee. The committee includes representatives of the faculty, staff, students, athletics department and community.
The steering committee conducted WMU's institutional self-study, beginning a year ago and using standards adopted by the NCAA in 1993. It also conducted a public hearing in June. WMU was part of a two-year NCAA certification pilot program in 1990.
Members of the peer review committee come from other Division I institutions and conferences. A report is expected to be issued early next year. Recertification occurs every 10 years. Each year about 60 Division I institutions take part in the certification process.
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