Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Dr. George E. Cooper, president of SC State University, has appointed a steering committee to a campus-wide effort to study its athletics program as part of the NCAA Division 1 Athletics Certification Program. Specific areas the study will cover are academic integrity, governance and commitment to rules compliance, and commitment to gender/diversity and student-athlete well-being.
The purpose of the NCAA Athletics Certification Program is to help ensure integrity in the institution’s athletics operations. The program opens up athletics to the rest of the University community and to the public. SC State University will benefit by increasing campus-wide awareness and knowledge of the athletics program, confirming its strengths, and developing plans to improve areas of concern. Ultimately, the goal is to retain certification which will signal that the institution is in compliance with the stringent mandates of the NCAA.
The committee responsible for the self-study includes President Cooper, Dr. Carl E. Jones, executive director for Student Success and Retention and chair of the self-study steering committee, various members of the institution’s faculty, staff and student body, athletics department personnel, as well as the Orangeburg community.
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.