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N4A Launches Academic Integrity Assessment

Sept. 5, 2017

CLEVELAND – The National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A) announced today the launch of the Academic Integrity Assessment (AIA), an online instrument intended to ensure collegiate institutions are aligned with NCAA standards regarding academic integrity. 

The instrument and overall process of the AIA is intended to assist N4A member institutions with proactively identifying opportunities for improvement by ensuring the appropriate written policies, procedures, education and monitoring systems are in place as it relates to academic support functions.  Furthermore, the AIA is also meant to stimulate broad based discussions between key institutional stakeholders regarding topics that impact academic integrity.

“Academic integrity is not just an athletics department topic, but is a national concern that affects each university,” stated N4A President Felicia Martin, vice president – eligibility center at the NCAA. “N4A is committed to providing our members with resources and services that are relevant to each campus and cost effective regardless of the athletics department budget. This is an important tool that is designed and implemented by seasoned professionals who are subject matter experts.”

The assessment survey tool, which is primarily facilitated and administered by an institutional representative, a trained N4A consultant and the N4A support liaisons in the NACDA office, will reference several academic related processes including, but not limited to, organizational policies, procedures and education; academic advising; tutoring; assistance for at-risk student-athletes; advising support facilities; evaluation of prospective student-athletes; student-athlete degree selection; study hall/computer lab; mentoring; distance education/nontraditional courses; ethical factors; and organizational structure.  Survey participants include both those that are most familiar with and have direct responsibility for institutional policies and procedures (i.e. director of academic support, athletic compliance director, FAR, provost, etc.), as well as those involved with or who interact with institutional academic support functions (i.e. coaches, student-athletes, advisors, tutors, mentors, etc.).

Upon completion of the anonymous survey by institutional constituents, results will be reviewed and analyzed by a trained N4A consultant, and organized into an Institutional Effectiveness Profile which will provide a summary of strengths and potential opportunities for improvement as dictated by the survey responses. 

For more information on the AIA, please visit http://www.nacda.com/nfoura/academic-integrity-assessment.html

About N4A:  N4A, which has been in existence since 1975, is a diverse educational service and professional non-profit organization. Membership of N4A includes academic support and student services personnel who are committed to enhancing opportunities for academic, athletics and personal success for student-athletes. For more information on N4A, visit www.nfoura.org. N4A is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 53rd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com