Columbia, Barnard Complete the First NCAA Self-Study

Columbia and Barnard have announced the completion of their National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Self-Study report, the first by an Ivy League school since the association established the requirement for Division I institutions in 1993. Four University committees, composed of faculty, administrators and students, worked for more than a year to complete the report, which describes all facets of intercollegiate athletics at Columbia and Barnard.

The NCAA now asks institutions to conduct a self-study every five years to open their athletic affairs to the university community and the public, to help set standards for the operation of athletic programs and to detect and correct any deficiencies. The study examines governance and rules compliance, academic integrity, fiscal integrity, and commitment to equity.

Provost Jonathan Cole will hold an open meeting at Noon on Oct. 18 in Ferris Booth Hall to discuss the report, NCAA certification and other issues pertaining to intercollegiate athletics.

Major conclusions contained in the report include the following:

Governance and Rules Compliance

Academic Integrity

Fiscal Integrity

Commitment to Equity

Kathryn Yatrakis, associate dean of Columbia College, chaired the NCAA Certification Institutional Steering Committee, which had overall responsibility for completing the self-study. Subcommittee chairmen were: Roger Lehecka, dean of students at Columbia College; Joseph Capobianco, University registrar; Marian Pagano, deputy provost, and Karen Blank, dean of studies at Barnard.

All of the subcommittee chairmen, as well as Yatrakis and Intercollegiate Athletics Director John Reeves, will attend the Oct. 18 open meeting. The report will form the basis of a peer-review visit Nov. 12-15 by a team of administrators and faculty from other schools named by the NCAA.

Copies of the two-volume Self-Study are on reserve at Butler Library and Wollman Library. They are also available in 208 Hamilton, 107 Milbank, the office of the dean in Mudd Hall and the department of intercollegiate athletics and physical education in the Dodge Fitness Center.

Columbia University Record -- October 13, 1995 -- Vol. 21, No. 6