Modified: September 18, 2008 at 7:45 am •  Published: September 18, 2008
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OSU participating in NCAA certification program
Oklahoma State University has begun a year-long, campus-wide study of its athletics program as part of the NCAA's regular certification process, the school announced Wednesday.

"Academic accreditation is common for colleges and universities,” OSU provost and senior vice president Marlene Strathe said. "NCAA certification focuses solely on a university's athletic programs, and we welcome this opportunity to study our programs in depth.

"The self-study will focus on the areas of academic integrity, governance and commitment to rules compliance, as well as a commitment to gender and diversity and student-athlete well-being.”

This will be the third self-study for OSU, which successfully completed certifications in 1995 and 2001.

The committee responsible for the study will include OSU president Burns Hargis, provost Strathe, various members of the institution's faculty, staff, and student body, as well as athletic department personnel.

When OSU has concluded its study, an external team will visit the campus to conduct a three-day review, which will be forwarded to the NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification.