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March 15, 2011

La Salle University Receives Certification From NCAA



The NCAA has announced that it has certified La Salle University and 25 other colleges and universities as part of the NCAA’s ongoing athletics certification process. A designation of certified means that an institution operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership. All 335 active Division I members participate in the athletics certification process.

“The NCAA’s recertification of La Salle’s athletics program confirms our own high standards as expressed in The Will to Excel, the University’s Strategic Plan, which is ‘to be recognized as a leader among institutions of higher learning for integrity and for compliance with the spirit, as well as the letter, of all applicable regulations,’” La Salle University President Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D., said. “This is an important facet of our commitment to our student-athletes and the rest of the La Salle community.”

“The certification process allows us to open our athletic program to the entire university and we are very proud that La Salle has been certified by the NCAA without recommendations,” Director of Athletics Dr. Tom Brennan said. “I’d like to thank the many members of the faculty and staff that assisted in our self-study.”

Certification is meant to ensure integrity in the institution’s athletics program and to assist institutions in improving their athletics departments.  The NCAA membership mandated athletics certification in 1993. 

The certification process, which involves a self-study led by an institution’s president or chancellor, includes a review of these primary components: governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; and gender/diversity issues and student-athlete well-being. Each member institution is to complete a self-study at least once every 10 years.

“One of the best features of this process is the broad participation of faculty, administrators, students and staff from across the entire University,” Greg Bruce, chair of the steering committee and dean emeritus of the La Salle school of business.  “This enables the entire campus to gain a perspective on the quality of work conducted in the athletic department.  We are pleased with the recommendation of the NCAA.  It only confirms what we already knew, namely that our athletic department operates with integrity and always with a focus on achieving high quality.”

The Division I Committee on Athletics Certification preliminarily reviews an institution’s certification materials and provides a list of issues identified during the evaluation. The university then hosts a visit by peer reviewers who file a report regarding the institution’s resolution of those issues before a final certification decision is rendered. An institution’s failure to satisfactorily respond to the committee may negatively impact certification status.