NCAA Eligibility Center 101 Mark Hicks, NCAA Eligibility Center Laura Hodges, Texas Virtual School Network Paul Rorvig, NCAA Eligibility Center Nick Sproull, NCAA Eligibility Center NCAA Eligibility Center 101 • • • • • Introduction to the Eligibility Center NCAA Initial Eligibility High School Review Relative NCAA Legislation Questions What does the Eligibility Center do? • Domestic and International Certification – Academic Certification – Amateurism Certification • High School Review – Core Course Review • National Letter of Intent (NLI) • Customer Service Did you know? • Approximately 30,000 high schools. • Approximately 600 Division I and II institutions. • Approximately 500,000 pieces of mail throughout the year. • Over 100,000 core course submissions per year. – Roughly 400-500 core courses per day • 165,000 certifications - this includes reviewing some cases more than once. • From June to September, 78,000 final evaluations and 31,000 preliminary evaluations. • From October to May, 50,000 preliminary cases and 6,000 final cases. NCAA Initial-Eligibility Requirements • Initial Eligibility is a two-part process: – Amateurism Requirements • Divisions I and II • Division III – Academic Requirements • Divisions I and II • Division III NCAA Initial-Eligibility Requirements • In order to be academically eligible, a student must: – Graduate from high school; and – Earn a minimum required GPA in a prescribed distribution of core courses; and – Earn a minimum combined SAT or ACT sum score – For Division I, refer to the “sliding scale” – For Division II, combined SAT score of at least 820 (Critical Reading + Math) or an ACT sum score of at least 68. NCAA Initial-Eligibility Requirements Roles of Students/Schools • Role of the Student – Academic Preparation – Registration • Role of the Recruiting Institution – Monitoring Student Progress – Identifying Potential Issues • Role of the High School – List of NCAA Courses – Transcripts Reviewing High Schools • History • Types of Schools – Schools New to the NCAA – Established Schools • Two-part Review of Schools new to the NCAA – Review of School/Program – Review of Individual Courses • What does a list mean? What doesn’t it mean? Review of School/Program • Academic Review Questionnaire (ARQ) • Nontraditional Academic Review Questionnaire (NARQ) – Curriculum Delivery – Quality Control – Issuance of Transcripts or Grade Reports • Nontraditional Coursework Questionnaire (NCQ) NCAA Definition of a Core Course • English, mathematics, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language or comparative religion; • Academic, four-year college preparatory; • Algebra I or higher; • Taught by a qualified instructor; and • At or above the high school’s regular academic level. New NCAA Division I Legislation for Nontraditional Courses • Requires teacher/student access and interaction – Must be required – Must be for the duration of the course – Teaching, evaluating and providing feedback • Student work must be made available – Suggests learning management system • Defined time period for completion – Allows staff to compare/contrast with what was actually completed. • Effective for courses completed August 1, 2010 and after. ‘Getting Connected’ to the NCAA • TxVSN beginnings – Course review and catalog planning – “Are any of these courses NCAA approved?” • TxVSN and NCAA beginnings – Contact with TxVSN course providers – Contact with NCAA – Reaching a common understanding • NCAA process • TxVSN course review process • Collaborative Relationship and a ‘Best Practice’ Current Trends and Issues • Non-scholastic athletic programs – Be Aware – Communicate – Course Load/Concurrent Courses Contact Information • 877/NCAA-EC1 (877/622-2321) – Phone Line Dedicated to the High School Community • www.eligibilitycenter.org – 2009-10 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete Thank You!