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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs Press Release
From Jan. 6-20, members of the Dartmouth community and the general public will have an opportunity to review and comment on a report the college has assembled for a regular recertification review of its athletics programs that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) requires of all institutions under its aegis.
Academic accreditation is common in colleges and universities, but the NCAA program is the first to focus solely on certification of athletic programs. Following a pilot project, the NCAA Division I membership overwhelmingly supported the program and its standards at the 1993 NCAA annual convention. Dartmouth went through its initial certification process in 1996-1997 and after this round of the process will be on an every-ten-years cycle for recertification.
Since March 2003 the college has been engaged in an intensive self-study process in preparation for a visit by an NCAA peer-review team in April 2004. A draft of the self-study report is now in its final stages and will be available online beginning Jan. 6. The report will also be accessible online from the Dartmouth home page. Appendices to the report will not be on the web site, but will be available in paper form for on-site review at the Dean of the College Office in Parkhurst Hall, the Dean of the Faculty Office in Wentworth Hall, the Collis Center information desk, the Alumni Gymnasium reception area, and at the circulation desk in Baker/Berry Library.
Feedback on the report is an important part of the self-study, and the college welcomes such feedback. Comments and suggestions may be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The report will focus on four areas: governance and rules compliance; academic integrity; fiscal integrity; and commitment to equity, welfare, and sportsmanship. The report will also examine how the activities of the athletic programs relate to the mission and purpose of the college.
Once Dartmouth has concluded its self-study, an external team of reviewers from other colleges, conference offices and universities will conduct a three-day evaluation visit on campus in April. The team will report to the NCAA Committee on Athletics Certification, another independent group. The committee will then determine the college's certification status and make a public announcement sometime in the summer of 2004.
The NCAA is an 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 other phases of intercollegiate athletics.
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