Thursday, May 15, 2014

NCAA - Academic Preparedness

       The NCAA has made some new changes in the  eligibility standards for prospective student athletes and have increased standards.
       The latest changes in eligibility standards will apply to this fall's high school freshman class, but their full effect will not be known until 2016, when those students prepare to step foot on college campuses. The changes are really drastic- a jump in the required minimum GPA from 2.0 to 2.3 and, more challenging, a rule that requires high school athletes to complete 10 of the 16 required core courses before their senior of high school.
      For those who can meet the old standards but not the new ones, there is a recourse. The NCAA is calling it an academic redshirt, a sort of variation of a partial qualifier. Students may receive a scholarship and will be eligible to practice with their teams but will not be able to compete. Provided they pass 9 credit hours in their first college semester, they can compete the next season as a redshirt freshman.
     The intent is simple: The NCAA and its Eligibility Center no longer want to see transcripts in which athletes essentially backload the better part of their academic curriculum at the end of their high school careers.
     Now the NCAA is demanding that high school students follow a typical pattern in which learning is built on prerequisites. Before, students could take geometry before algebra. Another example, students could take English Four, at the same with English Three.
    To support this move, the NCAA's research - 43.1 % of men's basketball players, 35% of football players, and 15.3 % of all student athletes who enrolled as freshmen in 2009-10 to play Division One sports would not have met the 2016 standards.
     I read this article, but do not have time to discuss the pro's and con's. But in doing some more research, I found the most basic information about the new standards.

Go to

NCAA Initial Eligibility//

I am still learning about these new changes, so be patient with me.

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