Preparation Begins For N.C.A.A. Review

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

Boston College has begun the process of seeking certification from the National Collegiate Athletic Association, a 14-month undertaking that will include a self-study of the University's athletic program and on-campus visits by a peer review team to affirm BC's commitment to integrity in intercollegiate athletics.

The certification, which is required of all Division I athletic programs once every 10 years, will cover such areas as academic integrity, commitment to equity, governance and commitment to rules compliance and fiscal integrity.

University President William P. Leahy, SJ has appointed a 15-member steering committee, which will be chaired by Associate Academic Vice President Robert Newton, to oversee the certification process. The steering committee includes a wide range of University faculty and administrators, a member of the Board of Trustees and a representative of the Big East Conference, of which BC is a member.

"We are looking forward to this process," said Newton last week. "The certification process can only help level the playing field for all institutions and ensure that all student-athletes get a good academic background in their college experiences.

"For our part, we want to see that athletics is viewed as a University enterprise, one that is consistent with the mission of Boston College," he added. "We have made a commitment to get the word out concerning this process and let people know what is happening. We want to get the entire University involved."

The committee will appoint administrators, faculty and undergraduate students to subcommittees which will evaluate the four specific areas of concern to the NCAA. These committees will forward the self-study evaluation to the NCAA next February, and in April of 1999, a team of peer reviewers from other Division I institutions and conference offices will conduct a site visit.

In addition to Fr. Leahy and Newton, steering committee members are: Learning to Learn Director Dan Bunch; College of Arts and Science Associate Dean J. Joseph Burns; Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo; Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women's Athletic Administrator Lynn Holleran; Carroll School of Management Associate Dean Richard Keeley; Executive Assistant to the President James Lehane; Associate Dean for Enrollment Management and University Registrar Louise Lonabocker; Financial Vice President and Treasurer Peter C. McKenzie; School of Nursing Dean Barbara Munro; Faculty Representative to Athletics Prof. Joseph Quinn (Economics); Big East Conference Associate Commissioner for Compliance Stanley Wilcox; University Trustee Benaree Wiley; and University General Counsel Dennis Yesalonia, SJ.

The subcommittee chairs are Burns (academic integrity), Munro (equity), Keeley (governance and commitment to rules compliance) and McKenzie (fiscal integrity).

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