Texas Tech Begins Athletic Department Self-Study

Texas Tech University has begun a year-long, campus-wide study of its athletics programs as part of the NCAA Division I athletics certification program. The study will cover academic integrity, governance and commitment to rules compliance as well as equity and student-athlete well-being.

Texas Tech University has begun a year-long, campus-wide study of its athletics programs as part of the NCAA Division I athletics certification program. The study will cover academic integrity, governance and commitment to rules compliance as well as equity and student-athlete well-being.

While academic accreditation is common in colleges and universities, this program solely focuses solely on certification of athletic programs. Texas Tech completed its first certification self-study in 1999 and was unconditionally certified by the NCAA.

The certification program’s purpose is to help ensure integrity in the institution’s athletics operations by setting standards for the operation of athletics programs and providing sanctions for institutions that fail to address issues within their programs.

"The self-study is meant to open up the athletic department to review by the rest of the campus community," said Jon Whitmore, president of Texas Tech University. "I have every confidence that while we may find areas in which we can improve, our athletic department as a whole runs very well."

Provost William Marcy is serving as the steering committee’s chairman. The committee consists of Whitmore; Scott Dueser, chairman of the Texas Tech University Board of Regents; faculty; staff; students and alumni as well as athletics department personnel.

Each area studied by the committee has a set of operating principles which were adopted by the NCAA and are used to evaluate all Division I members. Preliminary reports from the three subcommittees participating in the study have been completed and are posted on the Texas Tech University Web page at http://www.ttu.edu/administration/president/ncaa/. Members of the Texas Tech community as well as the community at large may read the draft reports and make suggestions on the site, beginning today (Feb. 6).

The subcommittees are composed of Texas Tech faculty, staff and students who have worked on the draft reports since summer 2007. Once the entire self-study report is complete, a peer review panel made up of officials from other Division I universities will visit the Texas Tech campus. After the review panel submits a report, the university is granted athletics certification by the NCAA. The certification from 1998 currently is valid.