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May 17, 2007

NCAA recertifies Pitt athletics

The NCAA Division I committee on athletics certification recently announced that Pitt’s athletics program has been re-certified. A “certified” designation indicates that the institution operates its athletics program in conformity with principles established by NCAA Division I membership.

The certification process involves a self-study that was led by Randy Juhl, vice chancellor for research conduct and compliance. It included a review of the athletics program’s governance structure, commitment to rules compliance, academic integrity, academic support, equity and student-athlete welfare.

“This certification reinforces the University’s goal of excellence in all that we do,” said Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg. “The recent announcement that more than 300 of our student-athletes earned a 3.0 term grade point average in 2006 is further testament to the synergy between good academic programs and great young men and women who are committed to excellence both on and off the field.”

Certification is designed to maintain integrity and institutional control in an institution’s athletics program. NCAA began mandating certification in 1993. All 326 active NCAA Division I members participate in the certification process.

“Our certification underscores the values that shape intercollegiate athletics at the University of Pittsburgh,” said Jeff Long, director of Athletics. “The effort of our student-athletes, staff and coaches has resulted in our program far exceeding NCAA certification requirements.”

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