May 12, 2008
"I am delighted our self-study report was accepted with no requirements to reassess specific areas. Our campus self-study group did a tremendous job, and I am proud of the team's efforts," Chapman said. "This was a critical step in our university's important move to Division I."
The certification program's purpose was to ensure the integrity in the institution's athletics operations. Initiated in August 2006, the year-long, campus-wide effort studied the areas of academic integrity, governance, rules compliance, equity, diversity and student-athlete welfare.
Prakash Mathew, vice president for Student Affairs and self-study committee chair, said, "Naturally, I am elated. This is a true reflection of our athletic program. I always believed that NDSU had an impressive nationally recognized athletic program, but when the NCAA acknowledged this fact, it has a great impact."
The recommendation from the Committee on Athletics Certification was forwarded to the NCAA Division I Membership Subcommittee as it considers the NDSU's election into active Division I membership. The recommendation to be advanced to active status also will include a full review of the institution's final annual report and strategic plan.
Following the review of the annual report and strategic plan in mid-June, the subcommittee will forward its recommendation to the NCAA Management Council to elect institutions to active Division I status in 2008-09.
NDSU is in the final year of the reclassification from Division II to Division I. The university is a member of The Summit League, the Gateway Football Conference and the Western Wrestling Conference.
Nearly 90 individuals, both internal and external to the university, were actively engaged in the self-study. In addition, subcommittee members consulted with several groups throughout the year, including the NDSU Alumni Association, NDSU Development Foundation, President's Cabinet, President's Council, Staff Senate, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Student Government, Team Makers, University Athletic Committee and University Senate.