Athletics program receives full NCAA certification

The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced that Sacramento State has successfully completed the Associations’ second cycle of athletics certification.

Sacramento State athletics was one of 41 universities to earn the Association’s highest level of certification.  A designation of ‘certified’ means the institution is considered to be operating its athletics program in substantial conformity with operation principles adopted by the Division I membership.

The diverse list of schools joining the Hornets in this year’s cycle of certification include such notable institutions as the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Oregon, the University of Florida and Harvard University.

“I think this demonstrates that we have developed a well-rounded Division I athletic program – one that successfully contributes to our student-athletes’ academic, social and athletic success, and one that is clearly committed to equity and integrity,” Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez said.  “I want to thank the steering committee, under the leadership of Provost Joseph Sheley, for its efforts during the certification process.

“This was a long process that covered every aspect of Athletics and the program's interaction with the greater campus community.”

The certification process, which began in the summer of 2005 with the development of a 141-page self study report, included a review of the athletics program covering the primary components of governance and commitment to rules compliance, academic integrity, equity, and student-athlete well-being.

A 22-member steering committee was created at Sacramento State to provide broad-based participation in the self-study process and included faculty, students and members of the general community.

The process could have culminated with one of three possible outcomes: certified; certified with conditions; or not certified.

“I am thrilled with the NCAA’s decision to certify our program without conditions,” Sacramento State Athletic Director Terry Wanless said.  “This is a reflection of our University’s commitment to excellence in our athletic program and the efforts of our staff to make the athletic experience a valuable asset to our student-athletes.”

Sacramento State is one of 326 NCAA Division I institutions nationwide to participate in the certification process.