PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s Self-study Certification Committee has accepted reports from its subcommittees and has presented the findings to WSU President V. Lane Rawlins.
“WSU takes great pride in its athletics program and not about just winning contests,” said Rom Markin, committee chair and professor of marketing in the WSU College of Business and Economics, ” The real pride is in the quality of the program, its sound administration and the positive impact of intercollegiate sports competition on our student athletes.”
Markin will highlight the self-study at the WSU Board of Regents meeting Nov. 22 at Lewis Alumni Centre. The meeting is schedule to start at 9 a.m.
The drafts will be available for review on the NCAA Self-study Certification Web site: www.ncaastudy.wsu.edu/nshome.asp?ns=home. The final report will be edited, formatted and put in completed draft by James Roche, director of Institutional Research.
The final written report of the committee, as a whole, must arrive at NCAA National Headquarters by Dec. 3. In February of 2003 an on-site visitation by the NCAA peer review team will occur, and members will spend three days examining documentation supporting the certification effort, interviewing subcommittee chairs, subcommittee members, administrators, coaches and staff in the WSU athletic department and with members of the university administration.
Prior to the certificaiton visit, Markin will also report on the study to the WSU Faculty Senate.
A number of specific self-study items were directed at each subcommittee for in-depth and detailed responses, and the self-study items emerge from and are related to a number of NCAA operating principles which, in effect, circumscribe the responsibility of the university being considered for certification. It is the Athletics Certification Peer Review Team’s responsibility to verify that the institution is in compliance with each and all of the NCAA’s operating principles.
“As a result of our year-long effort, our committee members were particularly impressed by the thoroughness and diligence of the NCAA in overseeing intercollegiate athletics and how concerned the NCAA is in the overall integrity of the university’s athletic programs,” Markin said. “We were all impressed and assured by WSU’s state of compliance.”
The NCAA Self-study Certification Committee’s work continued throughout the fall semester. The committee, which consists of nearly 70 persons, including faculty, administrators, undergraduate and graduate students, university staff and several other members from the local community, was created in the fall of 2001 by President Rawlins. A steering committee of some 20 persons has organized and guided the effort, with Markin chairing the group.
The committee, as a whole, began its work in October of 2001. The usual certification of NCAA Division IA Athletic programs is done every five years. WSU’s athletic programs were last re-certified in 1996. The total process normally takes 14 to 16 months.
The process is well proscribed by the NCAA and its certification committee. The effort follows a set of guidelines established by the NCAA. These guidelines or specifications relate to four major categories pertaining to the university’s athletic program. The categories are: (1) Academic Integrity, chaired by Doug Baker, vice provost for Academic Affairs, (2) Equity, Welfare and Sportsmanship, chaired by Milton Lang, special assistant to the president, (3) Governance and Commitment to Rules Compliance, chaired by Eric Spangenberg, associate dean of WSU’s College of Business and Economics, and (4) Fiscal Integrity, chaired by Deborah Carlson, associate budget director. The four areas provide the essential division of the work and for the past year a sub-committee for each of these areas has been researching and collecting data and providing responses to specific categories of inquiry relating to each of these four areas.
“It is always a mixed blessing to be asked to chair such an undertaking,” Markin said. “The work and responsibility of getting the task done, doing it well and on time is always a consideration. But, without question this was a great group of people to work with. They were more than interested and committed to the project. They were passionate and energized by the task. I commend all the committee members for their excellent work.”
The members of the site visitation committee will be composed of the following: George Emert, chair, president emeritus, Utah State University; Gerald Gurney, associate athletics director for Academic Affairs, University of Oklahoma; Christine Grant (retired), athletics director emeritus, University of Iowa; Dee Todd, assistant commissioner, Atlantic Coast Conference; and Bill Smith, director of compliance, Iowa State University.