Montana State University-Bozeman
NCAA Athletics Certification
Governance and Commitment to Rules Compliance
1.1 Mission of the Athletics Program and the Institution
Maintaining intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the educational program is a basic purpose of the Association. Consistent with this fundamental policy,
1. Please provide mission statements of the institution and athletics program and indicate the date of their last revision.
Mission Statement - Montana State University-Bozeman (Revised: Fall 2001)
"To provide a challenging and richly diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success.
Mission Statement - Montana State University-Bozeman Department of Intercollegiate Athletics (Revised: July 2002)
"The mission of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at Montana State University-Bozeman is to develop and enhance athletic programs promoting academic integrity, athletic competition and social responsibility consistent with University philosophies. The Department of Athletics will provide:
2. Explain how the mission of the athletics program relates to that of the institution as a whole.
The mission of the athletics program supplements and expands on that of the University as a whole. For example:
(Note: The mission statement of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics addresses equity issues. These, however, are not mentioned in the MSU-Bozeman mission statement)
3. Describe how and to whom the athletics program's mission statement is circulated.
The mission statement is available in the 2001-2002 Student-Athlete Handbook and in promotional material that is provided to the public. The statement is most widely circulated, however, by its presence on the website for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. (URL: www.msubobcats.com)
4. Describe briefly, using specific examples, how the athletics program's mission and goals are or are not supported by the actual practices of the athletics program.
The Department of Intercollegiate Athleticsí mission and goals are supported by the actual practices of the Department, in a large part through the Eisenman-Davison Athletics Academic Center, which opened in August 1998. This facility offers an area conducive to studying and is complete with computer access. The Athletics Academic Coordinator works directly with approximately 300 student-athletes representing all sports. The goals of the center are to:
Two measures of academic success of student-athletes at MSU-Bozeman reflect, in part, the success of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the University in supporting the studentsí academic goals. Graduation rates of student-athletes are higher than the University as a whole (See Academic Integrity Table II-7) and the GPA of student-athletes is higher on average than the University as a whole. (See Academic Integrity Figures II-5 and II-6)