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Campus input sought in NCAA recertification

Feb. 5, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Members of the Western Michigan University campus community will have an opportunity to be part of WMU's National Collegiate Athletic Association recertification process by attending either of two forums on campus Wednesday, Feb. 7.

The one-hour sessions, beginning at noon and 1:15 p.m., will be held Wednesday, Feb. 7, in Room 204 of the Bernhard Center to seek WMU comment on issues that involve the NCAA's three areas of focus for recertification: governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; and equity and student-athlete well-being.

An 18-person steering committee, led by Vice Provost Eileen Evans, is overseeing WMU's recertification process, which occurs every 10 years. In addition to the steering committee, three subcommittees are examining WMU from the perspective of the NCAA's three areas of focus.

The steering committee is completing a self-study in preparation for an NCAA site visit by peer evaluators tentatively scheduled for late October or early November 2007. NCAA certification began with a pilot project in which WMU participated in 1990 and was approved for all Division I members at the NCAA's 1993 convention. WMU was fully certified in 1999 and, like all Division I members, is on a ten-year recertification cycle.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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