MARQUETTE ATHLETIC PROGRAM ENGAGES IN RECERTIFICATION
Marquette will begin a year-long, campus-wide effort to study
its athletics program as part of the NCAA Division I athletics
recertification program. Specific areas of study are academic
integrity, governance, rules compliance, as well as a commitment
to equity and student-athlete welfare. Marquette successfully
completed its first athletics program certification self-study
in 1997. NCAA recertification is required once every ten years.
The certification program's purpose is to help ensure integrity
in the institution's athletics operations. It opens up athletics
to the rest of the university community and to the public. The
committee responsible for the study will include Rev. Robert Wild,
S.J., president; Dr. Linda Lee, associate vice president for student
affairs and chair of the steering committee; as well as representatives
from the university faculty and staff, alumni, trustees, student-athletes,
students and athletics department personnel. A member of the NCAA
membership services staff will be a liaison to the steering committee
and its subcommittees.
Once the study is concluded, an external team of reviewers will
conduct an evaluation visit on campus. Those reviewers will be
peers from other colleges, universities or conference offices.
That team will submit a report to the NCAA Division I Committee
on Athletics Certification, another independent group, which will
then determine the institution's certification renewal and announce
the decision publicly.
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 of eligibility,
and studying all phases of intercollegiate athletics.