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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced that Bucknell has been formally certified without conditions following the successful review of an extensive, University-wide self-study.
The certification process includes a review of these primary components: governance and commitment to rules compliance, academic integrity, equity, and student-athlete well-being. "Certified" means that an institution operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.
Resembling the process that commonly leads to institutional accreditation in higher education, the NCAA's certification program was established in 1993. Bucknell completed its first self-study and was fully certified in 1995, and its second cycle was completed this past June. The University submitted a five-year interim status report in 2000 as well.
"To be unconditionally certified by the NCAA is an exceptional achievement," said President Brian C. Mitchell. "It is a clear indication that Bucknell is recognized by its peers as having a Division I athletics program that is first and foremost a program of integrity centered on the student-athlete."
"I am extremely pleased that Bucknell’s athletics program has been certified by the NCAA," said director of athletics and recreation John Hardt, "The result of our successful self-study verified that Bucknell athletics meets or exceeds all applicable NCAA standards for Division I athletics. While the certification review process was certainly intensive and comprehensive, it provided a wonderful opportunity to review our principle operating procedures and ensure the integrity of our mission within the broader framework of the university. In addition, the certification review was a transparent process involving all sectors of the University. Ultimately, our successful recertification is a reflection of the continued outstanding work of Bucknell’s leadership, student-athletes, coaches, faculty, and staff."
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Posted Aug. 4, 2006