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Questions and Answers About CACMS

At Proactive Sports Compliance, we anticipate that you will have many questions about our CACMS framework and what it can do for your institution.  Below are several questions with their corresponding answers for your review. 

With the answers provided, we're confident you will leave these pages with a better understanding of our framework and concept. 


What is a Collegiate Athletic Compliance Management System (CACMS)?

A CACMS is "that part of the overall collegiate athletic compliance management system which includes institutional structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes and resources for developing, implementing, achieving, reviewing, and maintaining the collegiate athletic compliance policy.

What Are the Elements of a Collegiate Athletic Compliance Management System?

There are 17 key elements that make up our CACMS.  Many colleges and universities already have a few of these elements in place, although our research has shown that the approach to NCAA compliance in many instances continues to be reactive with significant gaps.  The first and last of these elements include a well-structured collegiate athletic compliance policy and periodic review of the systems function by top administrators.

Why Should a College or University Adopt a Collegiate Athletic Compliance Management System Approach?

A Collegiate Athletic Compliance Management System can add significant value that goes well beyond required NCAA compliance in a variety of ways.  For example, they can:

  • Provide a cost-effective operational or institutional NCAA compliance framework
  • Reduce risks of NCAA violations by systematically tracking applicable NCAA compliance and government requirements
  • Provide a basis for discussing flexibility in NCAA rules interpretations
  • Help maintain stakeholder confidence by demonstrating reliable NCAA compliance excellence
  • Provide a basis for self-correction, and mitigating fines and penalties if noncompliance does occur
  • Integrate the principles and cost-savings of risk prevention throughout a college or university’s NCAA compliance activities
  • Help athletic programs focus on the most important NCAA compliance aspects of their activities
  • Provide an integrating framework for NCAA compliance activities
  • Provide vision and stability for NCAA compliance staff members and decision-makers in turbulent situations
  • Demonstrate responsibility, accountability, and continuous improvement in managing NCAA compliance and initiatives
  • Demonstrate NCAA compliance leadership across athletic systems

How Does a Collegiate Athletic Compliance Management System Affect NCAA Compliance?

Implementing a Collegiate Athletic Compliance Management System does not alter the basic obligation to comply with applicable NCAA rules, regulations and legislations or the rules, regulations and legislations themselves.  

Instead, they focus on improving the effectiveness of the athletic compliance management system itself.  Though NCAA compliance is already a requirement, a college or university’s athletic compliance management system provides ways to make achievement of that end more sustainable and predictable.

How Can Colleges and Universities Implement a Collegiate Athletic Compliance Management System Framework If It's “Not” a Budgeted Athletic Compliance Item?

Because NCAA compliance is such an important aspect of a college or university's operation, and its activities are subject to regulatory and government scrutiny, most colleges and universities have a budget for NCAA compliance.

However, in the event a college or university does not, our experience has shown that proper implementation of a Collegiate Athletic Compliance Management System can help NCAA compliance staff and management work smarter, faster, cheaper and "do more with less."

Improved athletic compliance management leads to more efficient and effective NCAA compliance performance, and will allow greater control over NCAA compliance support costs.

How Will Colleges or Universities Know When They Are Done Implementing a Collegiate Athletic Compliance Management System?

The “implementation” of a Collegiate Athletic Compliance Management System will be completed when the system becomes part of a college or university's standard NCAA compliance management practice (i.e., "how NCAA compliance activities are handled.")

However, successfully implementing a Collegiate Athletic Compliance Management System includes ongoing review and continuous improvement.  Recognizably improved performance, based on institution or athletic program goals and objectives, will be the best measure of successful implementation.

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