WMU seeks public input in NCAA recertification
April 2, 2007
KALAMAZOO--Members of the Western Michigan University campus and local communities will have an opportunity to be part of WMU's National Collegiate Athletic Association recertification process by attending either of two public forums scheduled to take place on campus Thursday and Friday, April 5-6.
Both 90-minute sessions, running from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be held in Room 205 of the Bernhard Center. The purpose of the public input forums is to seek comment on issues that involve the NCAA's three areas of focus for recertification: governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; and equity and student-athlete well-being.
An 18-person steering committee, led by Vice Provost Eileen Evans, is managing WMU's recertification process, which occurs every 10 years. In addition to the overall steering committee, three subcommittees are examining WMU from the perspective of the NCAA's three areas of focus. The steering committee is completing a self-study in preparation for an NCAA site visit by peer evaluators tentatively scheduled for Oct. 30-Nov. 1.
Unedited draft reports from the steering committee and each of the three NCAA recertification subcommittees are posted online at www.wmich.edu/poapa/NCAAcertification. Suggestions or comments regarding the content of any of the reports should be voiced at the public input sessions or sent to Jonathan Pugh at firstname.lastname@example.org or Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Seibert Administration Building, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI 49008-5204. All comments received during the March 29-April 10 period for public comment will be sent to the appropriate committee members.
NCAA certification began with a pilot project in which WMU participated in 1990 and was approved for all Division I members at the NCAA's 1993 convention. WMU was fully certified in 1999 and, like all Division I members, is on a 10-year recertification cycle.
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