NCAA Divisions II and III Academic Standards and

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NCAA DIVISIONS II AND III
ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Kurt Hunsaker
Jennifer Smith
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DIVISION II
ACADEMIC UPDATE
Path to Graduation
• The review focused on the following:
• The academic readiness of prospective student-athletes;
• The success of student-athletes once enrolled at a collegiate
institution with a focus on graduation and not year-by-year
eligibility checks;
• The opportunity for access to athletically related financial aid,
practice and competition; and
• Administrative efficiency.
Path to Graduation
• Five proposals:
• Initial-eligibility proposal;
• Three proposals on progress-toward-degree requirements;
and
• Two-year college transfer proposal.
Proposal No. 2014-15 - Adopted
Freshman Academic Requirements
• Two sliding scales with different grade-point average
requirements for qualifiers and partial qualifiers.
• Scales do not mirror the Division I sliding scales.
• Provides increased access for underrepresented groups.
• Effective date will apply to prospects initially enrolling at a
Division II institution on or after August 1, 2018.
Qualifier:
Above z=-1.25
sliding scale and
2.2 minimum GPA
Q
Partial Qualifier:
Above z=-1.5
sliding scale and
2.0 minimum GPA
P
Q
NQ
Proposal No. 2014-16 - Adopted
• No change to current good academic standing requirements.
• Increase term-by-term requirements from six hours to nine-
semester/eight-quarter hours.
• 18-semester/27-quarter hour requirement developed to ensure
that student-athletes are dedicating time to academics during
the “regular academic year.”
• 2.000 GPA requirement aligns with many institutions’ policies
for good academic standing.
• Effective for all incoming and continuing student-athletes in fall
2016 and thereafter.
Progress Toward Degree No. 2014-16 - Adopted
Good Academic
Grade-Point
Term-byStanding
Regular
Average Options
Completion
[based on
Term [cannot use
[can be
Academic Year
summer hours to
of [including institutional
[Non-Summer
recertified
summer] policy (annually meet term-by-term
midyear to
Hours]
requirement]
or term-byregain eligibility]
term)]
Institutional
Nine-semester/eight- 18-semester/ 27Year One
2.00
Policy
quarter hours
quarter hours
Institutional
Nine-semester/eight- 18-semester/ 27Year Two
2.00
Policy
quarter hours
quarter hours
Designation of Degree
Institutional
Nine-semester/eight- 18-semester/ 27Year Three
2.00
Policy
quarter hours
quarter hours
Institutional
Nine-semester/eight- 18-semester/ 27Year Four
2.00
Policy
quarter hours
quarter hours
Institutional
Nine-semester/eight- 18-semester/ 27Year Five
2.00
Policy
quarter hours
quarter hours
Proposal No. 2014-17 - Defeated
• Change requires student-athletes to earn 27-semester or 40-
quarter hours each academic year only during in the first two
years of enrollment.
• Entering year three, a student-athlete may satisfy the requirement by
earning a cumulative total of 54-semester or 80-quarter hours.
• Proposal eliminates the use of the averaging method for
certifications.
• Misapplication of the current legislation.
• Effective for all incoming and continuing student-athletes in fall
2016 and thereafter.
Progress Toward Degree No. 2014-17 - Defeated
Completion of
Credit Hours –
End of Academic Year
[including summer hours]
Year One
27-semester/40-quarter hours
Year Two
27-semester/40-quarter hours OR
54-semester/ 80-quarter hours in Year 1 and 2 combined
Designation of Degree
Year Three
24-semester/36-quarter hours
Year Four
24-semester/36-quarter hours
Year Five
24-semester/36-quarter hours
Proposal No. 2014-18 - Adopted
• Change requires student-athletes to earn 24-semester or 36-
quarter hours each academic year.
• Entering year three, a student-athlete may satisfy the requirement by
earning a cumulative total of 48-semester or 72-quarter hours.
• Proposal eliminates the use of the averaging method for
certifications.
• Misapplication of the current legislation.
• Effective for all incoming and continuing student-athletes in fall
2016 and thereafter.
Progress Toward Degree No. 2014-18 - Adopted
Completion of
[including summer]
Credit Hours –
End of Academic Year
[including summer hours]
Year One
24-semester/36-quarter hours
Year Two
24-semester/36-quarter hours OR
48-semester/ 72-quarter hours in Years 1 and 2 combined
Designation of Degree
Year Three
24-semester/36-quarter hours
Year Four
24-semester/36-quarter hours
Year Five
24-semester/36-quarter hours
Proposal No. 2014-19 - Adopted
Two-Year College Transfers
• Three options for a two-year transfer to be immediately eligible
at a Division II institution.
• 2.200 GPA required for all two-year transfers who do not earn an AA
degree.
• A two-year transfer who graduates with an AA degree is not subject to
additional core credit-hour requirements (e.g., English, math,
natural/physical science).
• Limits the number of physical education activity course credit hours.
• Effective for two-year transfer initially enrolling at a Division II
institution on or after August 1, 2016.
Qualifier with no four-year
attendance and ONLY one
full-time term at two-year
college
All other qualifiers, partial
qualifiers and nonqualifiers
All other qualifiers, partial
qualifiers and nonqualifiers
ONLY one full-time
semester/quarter
Two full-time semesters/three fulltime quarters
Two full-time semesters/three
full-time quarters
12 semester- or quarter-hours
of transferable degree credit
• 12-semester or 12-quarter-hours
of transferable degree credit per
term of attendance:
• Six- semester/eight-quarter
hours of transferable English;
• Three-semester/four-quarter
hours of transferable math;
and
• Three-semester/four-quarter
hours of transferable science
Graduate
Cumulative GPA of 2.200
Cumulative GPA of 2.200*
Limit of two physical education
activity credits for credit
requirements and GPA
Limit of two physical education
activity credits for credit
requirements and GPA
*For a student-athlete who meets all the two-year transfer requirements EXCEPT the 2.20 GPA but has a minimum
2.00 GPA, the student-athlete is eligible for practice and financial aid.
DIVISION III UPDATE
Transfers
•
•
•
General rule.
Common conditions affecting transfer.
Basic exceptions.
 2-4 transfers.
 4-2-4 transfers.
 4-4 transfers.
Transfers
• General rule.

An SA who transfers to a member institution from any
collegiate institution is required to complete an
academic year in residence at the certifying institution
before being eligible to compete for or to receive travel
expenses.
Bylaw 14.5.1
Transfers
•
Academic Year in Residence.
 Enrolled in and complete a minimum full-time program
of studies for two full semesters or three full quarters; or
 Enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies for
two semesters or three quarters and pass a number of
hours that is at least equal to the sum total of the
minimum load of each required term.
Bylaw 14.02.10.1
Transfers
•
Common conditions affecting transfer:
 Officially registered and enrolled full time and attended
class during academic year.
 Reported for regular squad practice (including practice or
conditioning activities that occur prior to start of academic
year).
 Participated in practice/competition in a given sport even
though enrolled part time.
Bylaw 14.5.2
Transfers
•
Basic 2-4 Transfer Exceptions:
 Has not previously used a seasons of participation at a
Division III institution and has never practiced or
competed at a non-Division III institution.
 Academically and athletically eligible at the time of
transfer had the SA remained at the previous institution.
o May have exhausted two-year college eligibility.
Bylaw 14.5.4.1-(a) and -(b)
Transfers
•
Basic 4-2-4 Transfer Exceptions:
 Academically and athletically eligible at the time of
transfer had the SA remained at the previous institution;
OR
 Successfully completed at least 24-semester/36-quarter
hours of transferable-degree credit and spent at least two
semesters/three quarters in attendance at the two-year
college.
Bylaw 14.5.4.1-(c)
Transfers
•
Basic 4-4 Transfer Exceptions:
 Has never practiced or competed at a collegiate
institution.
 Academically and athletically eligible at the time of
transfer had the SA remained at the previous institution.
NCAA Proposal No. 2013-10
Bylaws 14.5.4.1-(a) and -(b)
Transfers
•
Basic 4-4 Transfer Exceptions, continued:
 Previous institution did not sponsor sport and, while at the
institution, the student-athlete:
o Successfully completed at least 24-semester/36quarter hours of transferable-degree credit; and
o Spent at least two-semesters/three quarters in
attendance.
Bylaw 14.5.4.1-(c)
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