President Father Dennis Holtschneider has announced the launch of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Recertification process for the DePaul Department of Athletics. In 2000, the Athletics Department was fully certified from the NCAA. This certification confirmed the University's role in ensuring that academics is fully integrated into the mission and vision of our athletics programs, that the well-being of our student athletes is addressed, and that we are in full compliance in our governing and rules responsibilities. As the NCAA rules dictate, each institution must go through this certification process every ten years. The core values of the certification remain the same, but each certification reveals new questions and more-in-depth examination of the Athletics Department. The overall Steering Committee consists of representatives from governance, faculty, academic staff, student-athletes, alumni, community supporters, and student government. Committee members began their work in September 2009 and will submit their report to the NCAA by April 2010. A peer review team will visit the campus November 8-10, 2010. Final certification results are expected in February 2011.
The NCAA certification process is an opportunity to review our administrative and academics approaches to athletics, learn from the best practices of other institutions, and move proactively towards developing additional aspects to our long term goals.
We encourage all members of the University community to be an active participant in this process by reviewing the draft report online and take advantage of other opportunities to review and discuss via the staff and faculty council to ensure open communication throughout this certification.
Please note, exhibits and their numbering will be provided to the NCAA peer review team in advance of their campus visit.