Regents Approve Division I Certification Self-Study to be Submitted to NCAA

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 25, 2011 — The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a Division I Certification Self-Study Document to be submitted to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The Southeast Department of Athletics is currently undergoing the NCAA third-cycle recertification process. The certification process evaluates the Department of Athletics commitment to three operating principles outlined by the NCAA, including governance and commitment to rules; academic integrity; and gender/diversity issues and student-athlete well-being.

“In order to continue to compete at the Division I level, it is very important that we maintain our Division I certification,” said. Dr. Chris McGowan, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics and interim dean of Graduate Studies, who also serves as the Self-Study Steering Committee chair.

The process began last spring with the appointment of a Self-Study Steering Committee to lead a comprehensive and transparent self-study evaluating the integration of these principles within the governance and day-to-day operations of the Athletic Department. Given the broad-based nature of the self-study, the steering committee has representation from all campus constituencies, including students, faculty, staff and community members.

“The process has been very inclusive and has included members of the campus community, the community at large, faculty and staff, student-athletes, and members of the Board of Regents,” McGowan said.

Subsequently, four subcommittees were appointed that worked in collaboration with the steering committee to complete a thorough self-study.

McGowan said members of the Board of Regents, professionals in the community, deans, faculty and professional staff members have served as subcommittee members.

The committees began work with a video-conference with the NCAA last September. The subcommittees gathered data during the fall 2010 semester, and drafts of the Subcommittee Reports and Original Plans for Improvement were presented to and approved by the Steering Committee this month.

“The subcommittees have done a lot of work in collecting information,” McGowan said. “I am extremely proud of the process by the folks on these subcommittees.”

McGowan says the process also has involved discussions with NCAA officials.

“The interaction with the NCAA has been very useful,” he said.

The subcommittee reports and plans for improvement have been reviewed by the Administrative Council, the Athletics Committee and Faculty Senate. They also have been posted on the University’s website to allow for campus input. The complete self-study report is available at www.semo.edu/ncaa.

Southeast will deliver the self-study document to the NCAA in April, McGowan said, however minor changes may be made for clarification purposes prior to it being submitted. The University will then receive feedback from the NCAA, and the process will culminate with a site visit from NCAA representatives Nov. 9-11, he added.