The Citadel engaged in NCAA recertification effort
The Citadel applied for certification from the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1997, a year after the beginning of coeducation and a time when the athletic offerings were far different. There was only one female athlete who participated in three newly-established women's sports -- indoor and outdoor track and cross country.
Ten years later the college is in the process of gaining recertification and the athletic landscape has changed. Seven NCAA women’s teams represent The Citadel in volleyball, soccer, golf and rifle as well as cross country and indoor and outdoor track. Enrollment of women in the Corps of Cadets has grown from 20 to more than 100 and about half of the female cadets are athletes.
“In this second cycle of NCAA certification, The Citadel seeks to determine how well our intercollegiate athletics program is functioning in upholding our mission of educating principled leaders,” said Provost Harry Carter, chair of the NCAA Recertification Steering Committee.
“We also want to insure that the program is operating according to the highest NCAA standards and that our student-athletes are treated fairly and integrated completely with their classmates in the Corps of Cadets.”
The recertification process involves conducting a self study, updating the original plans filed with the NCAA and developing new plans for gender equity and minority equity. The steering committee began work on recertification last October. The committee's final report must be submitted to the NCAA on May 1, 2007. An NCAA visiting team will come to The Citadel October 16-18 for a final evaluation.
The steering committee is divided into three subcommittees -- academic integrity, governance, and equity and wellness.
In an effort to seek broad-based input, the steering committee is seeking comments from constituents about ways to improve the athletic program and the role of athletics at the college. This effort involves presentations before different groups. The committee has also established a website and an email address to allow people to submit comments.