ROCK HILL, S.C. - Winthrop University recently received re-certification of its athletic programs through the Division I Committee on Athletics Certification of the National Collegiate Athletics Association. Winthrop is among 27 Division I member institutions that have undergone the association’s second cycle of athletics certification this academic year.
The Division I Committee on Athletics Certification preliminarily reviews an institution’s certification materials and provides a list of issues identified during the evaluation. The university then hosts a visit by peer reviewers who file a report regarding the institution’s resolution of those issues before a final certification decision is rendered.
For the first time in the history of the NCAA, Winthrop completed the process without any "issues" to be corrected. “This milestone achievement for Winthrop reinforces the national caliber programs available on our campus,” said Winthrop President Anthony DiGiorgio, who is a member of the NCAA Division I board of directors.
The NCAA started athletics certification in 1993 as a way to ensure integrity in each institution’s athletics program and to assist institutions in improving their athletics departments. A designation of certified means that an institution operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership. All 326 active Division I members participate in the certification process.
The certification process involves a self-study and includes a review of these primary components: governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; equity; and student-athlete well-being. Winthrop’s team was led by Tom Moore, vice president of academic affairs; Tom Hickman, athletics director; and Evelyne Weeks, faculty athletics representative.