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Aug. 11, 2005 -- The Arkansas State University
Intercollegiate Athletics Program has successfully completed the National
Collegiate Athletic Association's certification process, the NCAA
announced this afternoon.
Dr. Glen Jones, assistant to the president for
diversity initiatives, chaired the campus- wide committee that worked for
nearly two years on the self-study process in preparation for an on-site
visit by NCAA representatives in May.
He emphasized the importance of NCAA certification as it relates to the Athletics Program's direction, quality and integrity.
announcement by the NCAA brings closure to a process that has extended
over 22 months. The certification process and its accompanying result
accentuate the commitment of our student athletes, the quality manner in
which the athletics program is operated, and the continuing role of
intercollegiate athletics in supporting the mission of Arkansas State
Dr. Les Wyatt, president,
emphasized the significant improvement recorded over the past eight years.
"We have the highest graduation rate among student athletes among any of the Division I programs in Arkansas," Wyatt continued. "We have the highest academic performance of any public institution in our conference . . . Not only are we doing right on the athletic dimension but we're also doing right on the academic dimension. This is additional notice that our program is headed in the right direction. I commend Dr. Lee and his staff and all the men's and women coaches for making this performance record possible."
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