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Allie Grasgreen (Inside Higher Ed) Reports on New Study Criticizing NCAA Eligibility Rules

Allie Grasgreen of Inside Higher Ed authored a January 9, 2012, article, “A Scale That Slides … Too Much?” that summarized a new study that contends the NCAA’s eligibility rules (specifically, the grade-point average-standardized test score sliding scale) provide for academically-deficient student-athletes to be admitted to colleges and universities. However, Grasgreen states the NCAA disputes the findings. Grasgreen’s article begins with the following point:

As part of its latest move to strengthen athletic eligibility rules, in October, the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I Board of Directors raised from 2.0 to 2.3 the minimum grade point average that an incoming freshman must have in order to compete. But if the findings of new research hold true, it might not make much of a difference. To determine initial eligibility,  the NCAA uses a sliding scale whereby a student can make up for poor standardized test scores with comparatively high grade point averages, or vice versa. But with no minimum SAT or ACT scores in place, students can theoretically bomb their standardized tests and still play if their grades are high enough. And that sliding scale is the reason why thousands of athletes have been admitted to college without the basic skills they need to succeed academically — skills as basic as knowing how to read — says Gerald S. Gurney, co-author of a study being presented Tuesday at the annual NCAA convention in Indianapolis.

The full article can be read by clicking here.


About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.


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