CSUB seeks public input on NCAA certification study

March 2, 2009
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

As part of its NCAA Division I athletics certification, California State University, Bakersfield has conducted a campus-wide study of its athletics programs. The draft self-study report is now available for public review and comment.

Specific areas examined in the study include academic integrity, governance and commitment to rules compliance, as well as a commitment to gender equity, diversity and student-athlete well being. Each area is measured against a set of operating principles established by the NCAA.

A public forum will be held Friday, March 13 at 2 p.m. in the Student Union multipurpose room. Community members are invited to share input on the study report. The draft report, as well as an executive summary, can be viewed online www.csub.edu/ncaa.

"We hope members of the university community and general public will take the time to offer their thoughts on this important matter," said Provost Soraya Coley, co-chair of the steering committee responsible for the study. "We have involved numerous students, faculty, staff and community members in the initial evaluation, but additional public input adds to the richness and vitality of this study."

While academic accreditation is common in colleges and universities, the NCAA program focuses solely on certification of athletics programs. The certification program opens the athletics program to the entire community and is designed to ensure integrity in the university's athletics operations. The evaluation is also an opportunity to review the integration of athletics with the university mission. This is CSUB's first NCAA certification.

After the completed self-study report is submitted on April 28, a team of NCAA reviewers from other colleges, universities, or conference offices will then conduct a three-day on-campus evaluation. The peer-review team will report its findings to the NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification where the final certification status is determined. The process is expected to be complete by early 2010.

Information about the self-study process and the participants can be found online at www.csub.edu/ncaa. Feedback on the study report may be submitted electronically to NCAAFeedback@csub.edu.