NCAA certification is a once-a-decade event for Division I Athletics programs, and more than 50 coaches, faculty, students, staff and community members spent the 2010-11 academic year working on the project.
"This is a review by the NCAA of how our program stacked up against national benchmarks and we stack up with the best," said Peter Fields, MSU Athletics director.
"This certification is a testament to the hard work of our coaches and staff to have a quality program for our student-athletes at MSU," Fields said. "It also shows the integration of athletics into the rest of campus in everything from recruiting, to mentoring, to the volunteer work our student athletes do for the community."
In order to complete the certification process, MSU finished a self-study that reviewed the university's governance and commitment to NCAA rules; academic integrity; gender/diversity issues and student-athlete well-being.
"This was a tremendous effort by Committee Chair Jim Rimpau and a great many people to make this process successful - MSU owes all of them a big thank you for their time," Fields said.
MSU Athletics has enjoyed several off-the-field successes recently. Last semester, its roughly 350 student-athletes had a collective grade point average of 3.22 - the highest in the Big Sky Conference as calculated by the league office. More than a dozen Bobcat student-athletes earned national academic honors during the most recent academic year, and MSU's women's basketball and track and field teams earned national awards for their academic performance as a unit.
Contact: Erik Christianson, director of public relations for NCAA, 317-917-6115; Peter Fields, director MSU Athletics, (406) 994-4221; Jim Rimpau, MSU-NCAA certification committee chair, (406) 994-1625