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					    Making the Grade –
Preparing for Intercollegiate
         Athletics

    MIAAA Annual Conference
        March 23, 2009
       General Overview
NCAA Eligibility Center
Division I academic eligibility
requirements
Division II academic eligibility
requirements
Division III academic eligibility
requirements
High school administration
  NCAA Eligibility Center
       Overview
What is the Eligibility Center?
Certification process: academic and
amateur
Registration process
   NCAA Eligibility Center
Formerly known as the NCAA Initial-
Eligibility Clearinghouse.
Responsible for all initial-eligibility
certifications for prospective student-
athletes entering Division I and II
institutions.
Initial-eligibility certification includes an
academic AND amateur certification.
Determines whether the prospect is eligible
for practice, competition and athletics aid
his/her first year of college.
  NCAA Eligibility Center
Certification Process: 2 Steps
– #1: Academic certification
– #2: Amateurism certification
    Students complete a questionnaire regarding
    amateur status.
  NCAA Eligibility Center
Registration process
– Any student who wants to participate in
  Division I or II athletics must register
  with the Eligibility Center.
– Students are encouraged to register after
  their junior year in high school.
– There is no deadline to register; however,
  a student must be registered before:
    He/she can make an official visit to a DI or
    DII institution.
    He/she can receive an offer of athletics aid at
    a DI or DII institution.
  NCAA Eligibility Center
Step #1: Students must complete the
online Student Release Form (SRF).
– Website: www.ncaaclearinghouse.net
– One-time registration fee
    $60 for domestic students
    $85 for international students
– Fee waivers are available for student-
  athletes who qualified for a waiver of the
  ACT or SAT fee.
   NCAA Eligibility Center
Step #2: High school must send an official
transcript directly to the Eligibility Center.
– Transcript should be mailed in a sealed
  envelope marked with the school’s
  information.
– Transcripts cannot be faxed or submitted
  online.
– A student who attends multiple high schools
  must submit an official transcript to the
  Eligibility Center from each high school.
  Transcripts can come directly from each
  school or from the high school from which
  the student is graduating.
  NCAA Eligibility Center
Step #3: Test scores (ACT, SAT) must
be sent directly to the Eligibility
Center from the testing agency.
– Test scores on official high school
  transcript will not be accepted.
– Eligibility Center code is 9999.
  NCAA Eligibility Center
Step #4: Complete the online
amateurism questionnaire.
– Students must request final certification
  during senior year (Apr. 1 for fall
  enrollees).
Step #5: Upon graduation, students
must have a final official high school
transcript sent to the Eligibility
Center.
– Transcript must show graduation date.
NCAA Eligibility Center
NCAA Eligibility Center
   NCAA Eligibility Center
NCAA Eligibility Center
PO Box 7136
Indianapolis, IN 46207-7136

Website: www.ncaaclearinghouse.net

Customer Service Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monday-Friday
U.S. Callers (Toll-Free): 877.262.1492
International Callers (Toll-Free): 317.223.0700
Fax Number: 317.968.5100
Division I Academic Eligibility
   Requirements Overview
Division I academic eligibility requirements
–   Graduate from high school
–   Complete 16 core courses
–   Earn a minimum GPA in the 16 core courses
–   Earn a minimum SAT and/or ACT score
Division I certification status
– Qualifier vs. Nonqualifier
– Early academic certification
Students with education-impacting
disabilities
Division I Academic Eligibility
        Requirements
#1: Graduate from high school
 – A student must graduate from high school
   no later than the high school graduation
   date of his/her ninth grade class.
 – If the student graduates in eight semesters,
   he/she may use up to one core course
   completed in the year after graduation
   (summer or academic year) to meet
   eligibility requirements.
    The student may complete the course at a
    location other than the high school from which
    he/she graduated.
Division I Academic Eligibility
        Requirements
#2: Complete 16 core              4 years of English
courses                      3 years of Math (Algebra I or
 – Only courses                         higher)
   completed in grades      2 years of Natural or Physical
   9-12 will count.        Science (including 1 year of lab
 – High school’s list of    science if offered by the h.s.)
   approved core           1 extra year of English, Math or
   courses (48H) is           Natural/Physical Science
   available on the
                              2 years of Social Science
   Eligibility Center’s
   website.                4 years of additional coursework
                              from any category above or
                            foreign language, nondoctrinal
                                 religion or philosophy
Division I Academic Eligibility
        Requirements
Division I Academic Eligibility Requirements
– List of approved core courses (48H)
Division I Academic Eligibility
        Requirements
Division I Academic Eligibility Requirements
– High school’s list of approved core courses (48H)
Division I Academic Eligibility
        Requirements
#3: Earn a minimum GPA in the 16 core
courses
– Only the best grades will be used.
– GPA is based on high school grading system
  and letter grade earned by student.
Division I Academic Eligibility
        Requirements
#4: Earn a combined SAT or ACT sum
score that matches the core course
GPA and test score sliding scale
– Students must achieve the required test
  score (based on a sliding scale) BEFORE
  full-time collegiate enrollment.
– The required SAT or ACT score must be
  achieved under national testing
  conditions on a national testing date. A
  state administered ACT may be used to
  meet the test score requirement.
Division I Academic Eligibility
        Requirements
Test scores are calculated by adding
up each subscore.
– ACT: Math, Science, English, Reading
– SAT: Math, Verbal/Critical Reading
– The writing component of the ACT and
  SAT will not be used to determine a
  student’s initial eligibility certification.
    Note: Collegiate institutions may or may not
    require the writing component. Students are
    encouraged to take the writing portion of the
    ACT/SAT.
Division I Academic Eligibility
        Requirements
 Tests may be taken more than one time.
 If a student takes either test more than once,
 the Eligibility Center will use the best
 subscore from each test to meet the
 minimum test score requirement.

                Math      Critical   Total Score
                          Reading
SAT (10/6/07)   350         470         820

SAT (12/1/07)   420         440         860
Scores Used     420         470         890
Division I Academic Eligibility
        Requirements
ACT and SAT score requirements
– ALL SAT and ACT scores must be reported to
  the Eligibility Center directly from the testing
  agency.
– Test scores will NOT be accepted if reported to
  the Eligibility Center on a high school
  transcript.
– Code: 9999
Division I Academic Eligibility
        Requirements
Division I Core GPA and Test Score Sliding Scale
– A complete sliding scale can be found in the Guide for
  the College-Bound Student-Athlete

   Core GPA            SAT              ACT
  3.550 & above        400               37
      3.525            410               38
      3.500            420               39
      3.475            430               40
       ---              ---              ---
      2.025            1000              85
      2.000            1010              86
   Division I Academic
 Eligibility Requirements
Summary
– Eligibility Center certifies a student-
  athlete’s eligibility based on four criteria:
    High school graduation;
    Completion of 16 core courses;
    Core course GPA; and
    SAT/ACT score.
         Division I Academic
       Eligibility Requirements
CERTIFICATION
                          QUALIFIER                       NONQUALIFIER
   STATUS
Academic        Meets academic requirements        Did not meet one or more of the
Requirements    (HS graduation, 16 core            academic requirements
                courses, GPA, test score)

Practice,       Can practice, compete and          Cannot practice, compete or
Competition,    receive athletics aid first year   receive athletics aid first year.
Athletics Aid                                      Can receive need based
                                                   financial aid.

Seasons of      4 provided student maintains       Has 3 seasons of eligibility.
Competition     eligibility from year to year      May earn a 4th provided student
                                                   meets NCAA progress toward
                                                   degree requirements.

Example         Student completed 16 core          Student completed 16 core
                courses with a core GPA of 2.90    courses with a core GPA of
                and a SAT score of 675.            2.725 and a ACT score of 56.
                2.90 GPA = 660 SAT or 54 ACT       2.725 GPA = 730 SAT or 59 ACT
    Division I Academic
  Eligibility Requirements
Early Academic Certification
    A student will be certified as a qualifier,
    provided he/she has achieved the
    following academic criteria:
     – Earned a minimum combined score on
       the SAT of 1000 or a minimum sum
       score on the ACT of 85; and
     – Earned a core-course GPA of 3.00 or
       higher in a minimum of 13 core courses
       upon completion of 6 semesters. The 13
       core courses must include the following:
       3 English, 2 math, 2 natural or physical
       science and 6 additional courses.
Division I Academic Eligibility
        Requirements
Students with education impacting
disabilities
– A student with a disability must meet the same academic
  requirements (e.g., high school graduation, core course, test
  score) as all other students.
– A student with a disability may receive the following
  accommodations:
     Use courses for students with disabilities that are
     designated on the high school’s list of approved core
     courses.
     Use approved core courses taken before the student
     enrolls in college (including courses taken the summer
     after high school graduation).
     Take a nonstandard ACT/SAT on a date other than a
     national testing date.
Division II Academic Eligibility
   Requirements Overview
Division II academic eligibility requirements
–   Graduate from high school
–   Complete 14 core courses
–   Earn a minimum GPA in core courses
–   Earn a minimum SAT and/or ACT score
Division II certification status
– Qualifier vs. Partial Qualifier vs. Nonqualifier
– Early academic certification
  Division II Academic Eligibility
          Requirements
•#1: Graduate from high                 3 years of English
     school.                       2 years of Math (Algebra I or
•#2: Complete 14 core courses.                higher)
     All core courses             2 years of Natural or Physical
     completed before full-time    Science (including 1 year of
     enrollment may be used           lab if offered by h.s.)
     by the Eligibility Center.   2 extra years of English, Math,
•#3: Earn a 2.00 GPA in core         Natural/Physical Science
     courses.
                                     2 years of Social Science
•#4: Earn a combined SAT
     score of 820 or ACT sum          3 years of additional
     score of 68. There is no     coursework from any category
     sliding scale in DII.          above or foreign language,
                                     nondoctrinal religion or
                                           philosophy
  Division II Academic Eligibility
          Requirements
Beginning August 1, 2013            3 years of English
the core course               2 years of Math (Algebra I or
requirement will increase                higher)
from 14 to 16.               2 years of Natural or Physical
                            Science (including 1 year of lab if
                                      offered by h.s.)
                            3 extra years of English, Math,
                               Natural/Physical Science
                                2 years of Social Science

                            4 years of additional coursework
                               from any category above or
                             foreign language, nondoctrinal
                                  religion or philosophy
        Division II Academic
       Eligibility Requirements
CERTIFICATION                               PARTIAL
                   QUALIFIER                                     NONQUALIFIER
   STATUS                                  QUALIFIER
Academic        Meets academic          Graduated from          Did not meet
Requirements    requirements (HS        high school and         academic
                graduation, 14 core     meets one of the        requirements of
                courses, GPA, test      following:              qualifier or partial
                score)                  •820 SAT or 68          qualifier
                                        ACT; or
                                        •Completion of 14
                                        core courses with a
                                        2.00 core GPA
Practice,       Can practice,           Can practice and        Cannot practice,
Competition,    compete and             receive athletics aid   compete or receive
Athletics Aid   receive athletics aid   first year. Cannot      athletics aid first year.
                first year              compete first year.     Can receive need
                                                                based financial aid.
Seasons of      4 provided student      4 provided student      4 provided student
Competition     maintains eligibility   maintains eligibility   maintains eligibility
                from year to year       from year to year       from year to year
   Division II Academic
  Eligibility Requirements
Early Academic Certification
    A student will be certified as a qualifier,
    provided he/she has achieved the
    following academic criteria:
     – Earned a minimum combined score on the
       SAT of 1000 or a minimum sum score on
       the ACT of 85; and
     – Earned a core-course GPA of 3.00 or
       higher in a minimum of 12 core courses
       upon completion of 6 semesters. The 12
       core courses must include the following: 3
       English, 2 math, 2 natural/physical
       science and 5 additional courses.
Division III Academic Eligibility
         Requirements
Division III certification status
 – Division III does not use the NCAA Eligibility
   Center. Students should contact the Division III
   college regarding its policies on admission,
   financial aid, practice and competition.
High School Administration
The primary responsibilities of a high
school administrator in relationship to
freshmen certification is to:
– Make sure the school’s list of approved
  core courses is accurate and up to date.
– Check the content of each course for
  compliance with NCAA standards of
  acceptability.
– Mail transcripts to Eligibility Center.
High School Administration
High School Administration
High School Administration –
Responsibility in Certification
          Process
Students must understand that high school
graduation requirements may differ from NCAA
academic eligibility requirements and college
admissions requirements.
Students and high school administrators should note
that the NCAA academic eligibility certification
process is separate from college admissions. Each
institution makes its own admissions decisions
based on established admissions criteria. Just
because a student is certified as a “qualifier” by the
Eligibility Center does not mean the student will be
admitted into college.
                Summary
All students planning to participate in Division I or
II athletics as a freshman must register with the
NCAA Eligibility Center.
Students must receive both an academic AND
amateurism certification.
Division I: High school graduation, 16 core
courses, core GPA/test score sliding scale.
Division II: High school graduation, 14 core
courses, 2.00 core GPA, 820 SAT or 68 ACT
Division III: Students are not certified by Eligibility
Center.
High school administrators have a responsibility in
the certification process.
     Helpful Information
Eligibility Center website:
www.ncaaclearinghouse.net
NCAA website: www.ncaa.org
Guide for the College-Bound Student-
Athlete (available on NCAA website)
Transfer Guide for Divisions I/II/III
(available on NCAA website)
MSU Office of Compliance Services website:
www.msu.edu/user/msuncaa/
E-mail: baumgarh@ath.msu.edu
Questions
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