Kennesaw State University to Study Athletics Program

As part of Kennesaw State University's transition to NCAA Division I status‚ KSU President Daniel S. Papp announced Jan. 16 that Kennesaw State will begin a year−long‚ campus−wide study of its athletics program. The study‚ part of the NCAA Division I athletics certification program‚ will cover academic integrity‚ governance and commitment to rules compliance‚ gender and racial equity‚ and the well−being of student−athletes.(For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above.)

Georgia (Jan 16, 2008) — As part of Kennesaw State University's transition to NCAA Division I status‚ KSU President Daniel S. Papp announced Jan. 16 that Kennesaw State will begin a year−long‚ campus−wide study of its athletics program. The study‚ part of the NCAA Division I athletics certification program‚ will cover academic integrity‚ governance and commitment to rules compliance‚ gender and racial equity‚ and the well−being of student−athletes.

While academic accreditation is common in colleges and universities‚ this program focuses solely on certification of athletics programs. Following a pilot project‚ the Division I membership overwhelmingly supported the program and its standards at the 1993 NCAA Convention. At the 1997 Convention‚ the Division I membership voted to change the frequency of athletics certification from once every five years to once every ten years and to require a five−year interim−status report.

The certification program’s purpose is to help ensure integrity in the institution’s athletics operations. It opens up athletics to the rest of the university/college community and to the public. Institutions will benefit by increasing campus−wide awareness and knowledge of the athletics program‚ confirming its strengths and developing plans to improve areas of concern.

The committee responsible for the study will include Papp‚ in addition to representatives from a broad spectrum of the larger KSU community‚ including faculty‚ administrators‚ staff‚ campus governance bodies‚ student−athletes‚ student government‚ alumni‚ the KSU Foundation‚ the KSU Athletics Board and leaders in the local community. (A complete committee list is attached to the end of this news release.)

Within each area to be studied by the committee‚ the program has standards‚ called operating principles‚ which were adopted by the Association to place a “measuring stick” by which all Division I members are evaluated.

Once the university/college has concluded its study‚ an external team of reviewers will conduct a two−day minimum evaluation visit on campus. Those reviewers will be peers from other colleges‚ universities or conference offices. That team will report to the NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification‚ another independent group. The committee will then determine the institution’s certification status and announce the decision publicly. For institutions that fail to conduct a comprehensive self−study or to correct problems‚ tough sanctions can be imposed.

The three options of certification status are: (a) certified; (b) certified with conditions; and (c) not certified. While universities/colleges will have an opportunity to correct deficient areas‚ those universities/colleges that do not take corrective actions may be ruled ineligible for NCAA championships.

The NCAA is a membership organization of colleges and universities that participate in intercollegiate athletics. The primary purpose of the Association is to maintain intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the educational program and the athlete as an integral part of the student body. Activities of the NCAA membership include formulating rules of play for NCAA sports‚ conducting national championships‚ adopting and enforcing standards of eligibility‚ and studying all phases of intercollegiate athletics.

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NCAA Self−Study Steering Committee at Kennesaw State University
  • Nancy King‚ Chair (King additionally serves as KSU’s Vice President for Student Success and Enrollment Services)
  • Dave Albert‚ Alumnus
  • Ron Bell‚ Community Leader
  • Sarah Brooks‚ Staff Senate Representative
  • Tracey Carter‚ Student Government President
  • Richard Corhen‚ Community Leader
  • Dan Dale‚ Student Athlete (baseball)
  • Ron Day‚ Director of Student Financial Aid
  • Wayne Dennison‚ Administrative Senate Representative
  • Patrick Devine‚ Intercollegiate Athletics Board Representative
  • Charlotte Doolin‚ Campus Liaison
  • Stan Dysart‚ Trustee
  • Joe Head‚ Dean of University Admissions and Enrollment Services
  • Ronco Johnson‚ Community Leader
  • April Keasler‚ Student Athlete (softball)
  • Tom Keene‚ Professor of History
  • Barry Morris‚ Director of Cabinet Strategic Projects
  • Daniel Papp‚ President
  • R. C. Paul‚ Faculty Senate Representative
  • Darryl Pope‚ Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance
  • Jerome Ratchford‚ Interim Dean of Student Success
  • Sarah Robbins‚ Chief Report Writer
  • Brenda Stopher‚ Interim Senior Women’s Administrator
  • Dave Waples‚ Director of Athletics
  • Cheryl Wayne‚ Director of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Diversity Programs
  • Kim West‚ Registrar
  • Susan Whitlock‚ Assistant Professor of Health‚ Physical Education and Sport Science


Subcommittees
Academic Integrity‚ Tom Keene‚ Chair
Equity and Student−Athlete Well Being‚ Cheryl Wayne‚ Chair
Governance and Rules‚ Barry Morris‚ Chair

Academic Integrity
  • Tom Keene‚ Professor of History‚ Chair
  • Susan Blake‚ Associate Dean of University Admissions and Enrollment Services
  • Steve Benton‚ Coordinator of Student Athlete Success Services
  • Patrick Devine‚ Intercollegiate Athletics Board
  • Richard Franza‚ Chair‚ Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Suzy Millwood‚ Assistant Registrar
  • Michael Redd‚ Assistant Athletic Director
  • Leonard Witt‚ Distinguished Chair of Communication


Equity and Student−Athlete Well Being
  • Cheryl Wayne‚ Director of EEO and Diversity Programs‚ Chair
  • Gerald Donaldson‚ Director of Environmental Health and Safety
  • Thomas Greggs‚ Assistant Director of Residence Life
  • Valerie Jones‚ Head Women’s Volleyball Coach
  • Karen Pfeifer‚ Head Athletic Trainer
  • Jerome Ratchford‚ Interim Dean of Student Success
  • Brenda Stopher‚ Interim Senior Women’s Administrator
  • Amy Westergren−Amlicke‚ Senior Student Affairs Counselor
  • Susan Whitlock‚ Assistant Professor of Health‚ Physical Education and Sport Science


Governance and Rules Compliance
  • Barry Morris‚ Director of Cabinet Strategic Projects‚ Chair
  • Adrian Epps‚ Assistant Dean‚ College of Science and Mathematics
  • Catherine Lewis‚ Associate Professor of History and Women’s Studies
  • Nita Paris‚ Director of Doctor of Education and Specialist in Education programs‚ Bagwell College of Education
  • Darryl Pope‚ Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance
  • Ashok Roy‚ Assistant Vice President for Business and Finance
  • Kurt Schulzke‚ Associate Professor of Accounting and Business Law


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