April 12, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A year after beginning the process, Jacksonville University was among 41 schools that received athletics certification with no conditions on Thursday from the NCAA.
This certification means that JU is considered to be operating its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Association's Division I membership and that any problems identified during the course of the self-study and the peer-review team's evaluation have been corrected.
"I want to thank Dr. John Balog and the steering committee for their hard work in overseeing this process during the past year," said JU president Kerry Romesburg. "This process was necessary and valuable to our entire institution. It shows again how the athletics department at JU continues to make great strides, but within the rules and regulations set forth by the NCAA."
The NCAA certification process helps educate individuals across the campus about the goals and purpose of intercollegiate athletics, revealing the aspects of the athletics program that are worthy of praise and provides an opportunity to improve the intercollegiate athletics program.
"I am grateful to the steering committee and Dr. Balog for all their time and effort," said JU director of athletics Alan Verlander. "Our goal at JU is to educate student-athletes and win championships - but by doing it the right way. This decision by the NCAA signals that we are meeting all of our goals."