May 22, 2008
Northridge, Calif. - Cal State University Northridge President Dr. Jolene Koester has announced that the University has begun a year-long, campus-wide effort to study its athletics program as part of the NCAA Division I athletics certification program. Specific areas of study are academic integrity, governance and commitment to rules compliance, and commitment to equity and student-athlete well-being.
The process is similar to academic accreditation but focuses solely on athletics. California State University, Northridge completed its first certification process in 2000.
The athletics certification program's purpose is to help ensure integrity in the institution's athletics operations. The program opens up athletics to the rest of the university community and to the public. The University will benefit by increasing campus-wide awareness and knowledge of the athletics program, confirming its strengths and developing plans to improve areas of concern. Within each area to be studied, the program has standards, called operating principles, which were adopted by NCAA to establish benchmarks by which all Division I members are evaluated.
The committee responsible for the study includes President Koester, Dr. Robert Barker, University Controller and Chair of the Steering Committee, and a broad representation of members of the institution's faculty, staff and students, external community members, and athletics department personnel. A member of the NCAA membership services staff conducted a one-day orientation videoconference with steering committee and subcommittee members on Friday, May 9.