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Dr. Jill Owen
Chair, The EIU NCAA Recertification Steering Committee
Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Studies
Eastern Illinois University
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NCAA Recertification

NCAA Certification

NCAA Final Recertification Report - Updated 4/30/10

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President Perry has announced the start of the NCAA third cycle recertification process for the Eastern Illinois University Department of Athletics. In 2001, the campus received its second certification by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The current certification process will evaluate the athletic department’s commitment to three Operating Principles outlined by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. These operating Principles are

  1. Governance and Commitment to Rules
  2. Academic Integrity
  3. Gender/ Diversity Issues and Student-Athlete Well Being

President Perry has appointed a steering committee which will lead a comprehensive and transparent self-study evaluating the integration of these principles within the governance and day-to-day operations of the athletic department. Dr. Jill Owen, professor and chair of the Kinesiology and Sport Studies department will serve as the Steering Committee Chair. Reflecting the broad based nature of the self-study; the steering committee has representation from governance, faculty, staff, student-athletes, alums and community supporters. Along with the Steering Committee the President has appointed three subcommittees that will work in collaboration with the Steering Committee to complete a thorough self study.

Work started in September, 2009 and will continue through February, 2011 when the final decision is delivered to the President by the NCAA. During this time Eastern will deliver a report to the NCAA in April, 2010 that will be followed with a Peer Review Team on-campus visit in October, 2010.

The Tentative Written Plan outlines the details of the self study process including objectives and goals as well providing a complete timeline of events.