Southeastern receives NCAA recertification
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – The NCAA has granted Southeastern Louisiana University recertification of its athletics program, university officials announced today.
Certification is intended to ensure integrity in the institution’s athletics program and is good for 10 years, Southeastern President John L. Crain said.
“Achieving certification is an important accomplishment and means that our program is being operated in accordance with the NCAA’s standards and values,” Crain said. “Southeastern’s primary focus is always on the student and that certainly includes the student-athlete.”
The certification process involves a self-study led by the institution’s president and includes a self-review that evaluates the university’s governance and commitment to rules compliance, academic integrity, gender/diversity issues, and student-athlete well-being.
The Steering Committee that completed the self-study was chaired by Rick Simpson, associate professor and head of the Department of Accounting and Finance. The committee included a cross section of university constituents, including faculty and staff, alumni, students, administrators and members of the community.
“The committee and its various sub-committees put in considerable time and effort in this evaluation and deserve to be recognized for driving this process,” said Athletics Director Bart Bellairs. “The certification process is a very thorough evaluation of our program, and I’m pleased with the news.”
Southeastern’s Division I athletics program includes 15 men’s and women’s teams. Southeastern is a member of the Southland Conference.