The University of Florida began a year-long, campus-wide effort to study its athletics program as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Athletics Certification program. The University of Florida achieved NCAA certified status during the first-cycle certification process in 1998 and interim process in 2002.
The second cycle self-study process commenced with President Machen's appointment of 18 individuals to the NCAA Self-Study Steering Committee in August 2005. There is diverse representation from each division within the University including administrators, faculty, staff, coaches, students, and the Board of Director's Foundation and Trustees. The Chair of the Steering Committee is Dr. Patricia Telles-Irvin, Vice President of Student Affairs.
As part of the certification process, the committees are examining the university's compliance with standards defined by the NCAA, called operating principles, in the following general areas:
Governance and Commitment to Rules Compliance
Equity and Student Welfare.
Upon completion of the draft report, the Steering Committee will welcome input from faculty, staff, students and the community. The draft report will be posted on this website for review and comment in spring 2006.
Once the university has concluded the self study, an external peer review team will visit the campus to conduct an evaluation visit. The peer review team will make recommendations to the NCAA, and a final certification status will be rendered. The three options of certification status are: (a) certified, (b) certified with conditions and (c) not certified. NCAA certification indicates that an institution operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with the operating principles adopted by NCAA Division I members.