In 1989, former National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Executive Director Richard Schultz introduced the athletics certification concepts. A two-year pilot program of 34 NCAA Division I institutions began in 1990.

A special committee studied the results of the pilot program over the next year and a streamlined version of the program was formulated and supported by the former NCAA Presidents Commission, the former NCAA Council and the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

Athletics certification was approved by NCAA Division I institutions at the 1993 NCAA convention as a key part of the Association's reform agenda and is proceeding through its third cycle of institutional self-studies.

The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification (hereafter referred to as the committee), comprised of 18 administrators (chancellors or presidents, faculty athletics representatives, directors of athletics, senior woman administrators, conference commissioners) from the membership, is appointed to administer the program and determine the certification status of each Division I institution.



Athletics certification is meant to ensure the NCAA's fundamental commitment to integrity in intercollegiate athletics by:

A. Opening the affairs of athletics to the university community and to the public.

B. Setting standards (called operating principles) for the operation of Division I athletics programs. These standards cover three basic areas: (a) governance and commitment to rules compliance; (b) academic integrity; and (c) gender/diversity and student-athlete well-being.

C. Putting tough sanctions in place for institutions that fail to conduct a comprehensive self-study or to correct problems over a reasonable period of time.

NCAA Certification for Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118