K-State receives NCAA third-cycle certification

By The Mercury

Kansas State president Kirk Schulz announced Thursday that K-State’s intercollegiate athletics department has received full certification from the Division I Committee on Athletics Certification following a formal announcement by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA).

Schulz made public the NCAA’s decision, which followed a thorough and comprehensive self-study conducted by the University and a final response to the NCAA that was submitted for review by the certification committee.

“I would like to thank the many individuals who served in various roles throughout this important process,” Schulz said.

“NCAA Third-Cycle Certification is an integral part of our goal in becoming a top 50 public research institution and I appreciate the time and outstanding work of Dr. Ruth Dyer and Jill Shields, just to name a few, as we examined our processes, celebrated our successes and identified areas for improvement.”

The year-long self-study process was headed by Senior Vice Provost Dr. Ruth Dyer and included more than 100 K-State faculty and staff members, students and representatives from the athletics department, including associate athletics director Jill Shields. The certification procedure, which began at K-State in August 2010, ensures the integrity of the athletics operations at NCAA member institutions.

“I want to express my sincere appreciation to Dr. Dyer, Jill Shields, members of the self-study committee, and the entire university community for their dedication to the welfare of all 465 of our student-athletes,” K-State athletic director John Currie said.

““We could not be more pleased with the outcome of this process. Receiving certification is a confirmation of our goal of becoming a model intercollegiate athletics program and acknowledges that we are conducting our internal processes in accordance with the NCAA’s principles of operation.”

Certification is meant to ensure integrity in the university’s athletics program and to assist the institution in improving its athletics department. Legislation mandating athletics certification was adopted by a vote of all NCAA Division I members at the 1993 NCAA Convention.

Certification, according to the NCAA, indicates that an institution is considered to be operating its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Association’s Division I membership.

K-State, which last received certification during the 2003-04 academic year, is coming off a solid 2010-11 season as teams or individuals representing 11 of the school’s 16 sports advanced to postseason play.

K-State was one of only three schools in the nation to have its football team in a bowl game, both basketball teams in the NCAA tournament, its baseball team advance to NCAA regional play and both track teams finish in the Top 20 this past season.

In addition to the continued success on the field, K-State has also had academic success as evidenced by its No. 1 all-sports graduation rate in the Big 12, a distinction Wildcat student-athletes have claimed in each of the past four years.

Financially, K-State has operated under a budget surplus in each of the last two fiscal years, and according to a recent report by USA Today, K-State was one of 22 Division I public institutions to operate at a surplus during the 2009-10 year and one of five to do so after reducing spending from the previous fiscal year.









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