SAN MARCOS, TEXAS — Southwest Texas State University received notification this week that its athletics programs have been certified by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
The NCAA announced decisions on 15 Division I member institutions on Dec. 2.
“This decision was not unexpected,” said James Studer, vice president for student affairs, the SWT division that oversees athletics. “We did a thorough self study and identified areas that needed improvement. We had a good visit with the site review committee, and they acknowledged that we were moving in the right direction with athletics at SWT.”
Forty-five faculty, staff, students and community members worked on the certification steering committee or subcommittees in compiling the self study, an internal examination of all areas of the athletics program. Work began on the self study in the spring of 1998. Subcommittees on governance, academics, finances and equity submitted reports; those were compiled and edited into the institution’s report to the NCAA. A team of five administrators from colleges outside Texas reviewed the material and visited the campus for a week in April before making a recommendation to the NCAA Committee on Athletics Certification.
SWT is an NCAA Division I institution, competing in Division I-AA in the Southland Football League. Other intercollegiate sports are volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, softball, baseball, women’s tennis, women’s soccer, men’s golf, cross country and track, with competition in the Southland Conference. Jim Wacker is SWT’s director of athletics.