NCAA Conducts Site Visit This Week

Posted: April 16, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has a peer review team at George Mason this week (April 15-18) for an evaluation visit as part of a certificate program for NCAA Division schools. Team members are Walter Harrison, president of the University of Hartford, and NCAA staff liaisons Helen Grant and Dawn Turner. The program was initiated in the early 1990s to ensure Division I schools’ compliance with basic operating principles of the NCAA and to provide an opportunity for institutional self-reflection and self-improvement.

George Mason participated in the first phase of this program in 1994-95 and was certified, but with three requirements and two recommendations for improvement. Compliance with the three requirements will be a major focus of the peer review team. The overall objectives of the NCAA Division I certification are self-awareness, affirmation, opportunities to improve, and institutional control and public confidence.

A steering committee, appointed by President Alan Merten and chaired by Martin Ford, acting dean of the Graduate School of Education, has been working since December 1999 on the 2001 NCAA Certification Self-Study. The study focused on four major areas including governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; fiscal integrity; and equity, student welfare, and sportsmanship.

The subcommittee chairs are Larry Bowen, professor of Education and dean emeritus, Graduate School of Education; Linda Miller, Division of Dance director, Institute of the Arts; Donald Kidd, assistant vice president for Budget and Institutional Research and Reporting; and Linda Westphal, assistant vice president and chief Human Resources officer. Susan Collins, senior associate athletic director for Administration and Compliance, was a major contributor to the report as well. A final draft of the study is available at

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