The primary mission of Northern Kentucky University's intercollegiate athletics program is to provide a natural extension of secondary school programs, offering skilled student-athletes the opportunity to continue their educational and athletic experiences beyond high school. The program will function at a level and in a manner that project a positive image for the University in the community. Membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II and Great Lakes Valley Conference, and adherence to the governing philosophies and regulations of these bodies, provide a framework for implementing this mission statement.
In its activities and programs, the NKU Intercollegiate Athletics program will strive:
1. To insure student-athletes have a positive academic and athletic experience that provides further development of athletic skills, personal mental and social growth, and in some instances, possible career preparation. The Athletics Department shall be constantly aware of the primacy of the academic over the athletic and shall do all it can to urge student-athletes to attain a meaningful education culminating in the attainment of their degree.
2. To become a premiere NCAA Division II athletics program in all sports sponsored. The Athletics Department shall aim at observing and fulfilling the objectives and regulations of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Athletics Department will aim to be consistently competitive within the GLVC and the NCAA Division II.
3. To be guided by the United States federal government’s Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the principles of gender equity that insures equal opportunity for all students and to provide equal opportunities in employment within the athletics staff.
4. To continue to strengthen the fund raising capabilities to improve the overall operation and insure the overall growth of the program. The Athletics Department is committed to improve the funding of all sports programs with resources from organized fund-raising activities of the Norse Athletics Club.
5. To provide the main athletic complexes in the northern Kentucky region for hosting Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) regional, sectional, and state competitions; United States Olympics events; GLVC conference championships; and, NCAA regional and national competitions.
6. To be cognizant that the intercollegiate athletics program endeavors are not ends in themselves but are directed to the benefit of each student-athlete as a total person in particular and to the good of the University as a whole.
7. To project a positive image of the University within the northern Kentucky community and the surrounding region.
Northern Kentucky University's intercollegiate athletic program is a natural extension of secondary school programs, offering skilled student-athletes the opportunity to continue their development beyond high school, just as the University provides such opportunities in other ancillary and extracurricular activities. Such opportunities are consistent with the University's principal mission of providing academic opportunities, and also with public expectations.
The University believes that athletics should be an educational experience rather than an economic venture and it will continue to develop policies and seek personnel to advance this philosophy. The overall educational experience of the individual athlete is our highest priority in the sense that the University will not allow other possible aims of the athletic program to subvert the benefits to student-athletes. Given that the athlete's academic career is our first concern, we nevertheless recognize the important contributions that athletic competition can make to the individual participants. These contributions should include:
The further development of athletic skill. In this sense Intercollegiate athletics are an extension
of physical education, recreational play, and interscholastic competition.
The personal growth, notably in the areas of confidence, a sense of personal worth, a healthy competitive spirit, social presence, cooperative behavior, discipline and responsibility. In this sense intercollegiate athletics share the values of all campus extracurricular activities.
The opportunity for close learning and personal relation-ships with a coach-teacher. In this sense athletics can be comparable to the best student-teacher relationships and are consistent with the teaching mission of the university.
For a few students, possible career preparation, most probably not as professional athletes but more likely as coaches or teachers, paid or volunteer. In this sense athletics are consistent with the University's mission of career preparation, an important consideration in a sports-conscious society.
The University's intercollegiate athletics program will provide an environment where student-athletes can benefit thus from participation. The program will provide competitive opportunities governed by principles of fair play and amateur competition and a concern for the physical well being of the participants. The program will function at a level and in a manner that project a positive image for the University in the community. Membership in Division II of the NCAA and the Great Lakes Valley Conference, and adherence to the governing philosophies and regulations of these bodies, provide a framework for implementing this philosophy of NKU's intercollegiate athletic program.