On April 12, 2007, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced that The University of Iowa, among 46 Division I member institutions, had been certified. A designation of certified means that the institution operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.
Athletics certification, as a process, was approved for Division I institutions at the 1993 NCAA Convention as a key part of the NCAA's reform agenda. Certification was originally introduced in 1989 and began its second cycle in 1999 with revisions supported by the NCAA Presidents commission, the NCAA Council and the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
The University of Iowa began the second cycle of the recertification program in November 2004 with the first meeting of a steering committee appointed by President David Skorton to conduct the self-study. The steering committee subsequently named subcommittee members to conduct the three-part self-study, to be published here for public review. The full committee then met with the NCAA representative in February 2005.
The Athletics Self-Study Certification Committees were charged to:
• Conduct a complete and accurate evaluation of the University of Iowa athletics department
• Ensure broad-based participation in the self-study process
• Document the institution's conformity with each of the NCAA Operating Principles
• Develop appropriate institutional plans for improvement
The complete self-study report is available from the Steering
For more information on the certification process, see the
NCAA Division I Athletics Certification web site.