North Dakota State University has been approved as an active, certified member of NCAA Division I. The announcement was made Thursday by the NCAA Management Council.
"This is an important and exciting day for NDSU and the state we serve," NDSU President Joseph A. Chapman said. "The NCAA announcement illustrates the tremendous support our students, faculty, staff and the state have shown to make NDSU a top-tier institution, both academically and athletically."
"This is the day we have been waiting for since we made the decision to move to Division I. This is a great and historic day for our athletic program and the university," Athletic Director Gene Taylor said. "It is a culmination of a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment by our staff, coaches and, most importantly, our student-athletes. We have also had tremendous support from President Chapman, his cabinet members, faculty, university staff, our student body, our community and our alumni. We would not have made the transition without all of these wonderful and supportive individuals."
The university's decision to seek NCAA Division I status was announced in August 2002. The transition process included NCAA site visits, searches for conference affiliations and a year-long, campus-wide self-study of NDSU's athletics operations that explored the areas of academic integrity, governance, rules compliance, equity, diversity and student-athlete welfare.
"In 2002, we began what we knew would be a challenging transition to Division I," Chapman said. "Our commitment to being a nationally ranked land-grant institution played a key role in pushing through that challenge. Reaching for Division I was the right thing to do for our athletic program, this university and our state. I am extremely proud of the many people who have contributed their talents and resources to this effort."