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UNI to review intercollegiate athletic programs

April 13, 2011
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Cliff Chancey, chair, UNI NCAA Steering Committee, (319) 273-2425

Jean Berger, UNI senior associate athletic director, (319) 273-2556

CEDAR FALLS, IOWA -- The University of Northern Iowa today announced it's in the final stage of a yearlong effort to study its athletics program as part of the NCAA Division I athletics certification process. Specific areas of study have included governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; gender and diversity; and student-athlete well-being.   

The public is invited to hear the results of the review and offer opinions on the draft recommendations for UNI Athletics at any of the following open meetings, all on the UNI campus:

8-9 a.m., Tuesday, April 19, in the University Room, Maucker Union

Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, in the Alumni Suite, McLeod Center 

4-5 p.m., Thursday, April 21, in the University Room, Maucker Union

"The purpose of athletics certification process is to help ensure integrity in the institution's athletics operations by opening them up to the university community and to the public," said Cliff Chancey, chair of the UNI NCAA steering committee. "UNI has benefited from the review by increasing campus-wide awareness and knowledge of the athletics program, confirming its strengths, and developing plans to improve areas of concern."

The current self-study is the third in the certification process for UNI. The university completed its first certification self-study in 1995 and its second in 2002.

Following public reviews and editorial changes, UNI will submit the self-study document to the NCAA on April 29. An external team of reviewers will conduct a three- or four-day evaluation visit to UNI this fall. The peer-review team will report to the NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification. The committee will then determine UNI's certification status and announce the decision publicly. The three options of certification status are: certified, certified with conditions and not certified.

The NCAA is a membership organization of colleges and universities that participate in intercollegiate athletics.  The primary purpose of the Association is to maintain intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the educational program and the athlete as an integral part of the student body. Activities of the NCAA membership include formulating rules of play for NCAA sports, conducting national championships, adopting and enforcing standards or eligibility, and studying all phases of intercollegiate athletics.

For more information, see www.unipanthers.com/school-bio/niwa-ncaa-certification.html.