On January 17, 2013, at the NCAA Convention, the NCAA membership received one of its first in-depth looks at the Institutional Performance Program, which will replace the Athletics Certification Program for NCAA Division I members. The purpose of the new program is to focus less on institutional accreditation and more on an institution’s athletics department’s continued improvement. The hope is that the program will provide campus leaders a decision-making tool when evaluating their athletics program’s commitment to what the program defines as “priorities”.
The Institutional Performance Program will focus on four main areas for review:
- Student-athlete experience;
- Fiscal management; and
- Gender and diversity issues.
One of the key areas of concern voiced by the membership was the manner in which performance will be measured. The Division I Committee on Institutional Performance has discussed the implementation of remediation plans, peer expert visits or an in-person hearing with the Committee as possible accountability measures but is seeking membership feedback on the best way to assess benchmarks and aspirational goals.