The NCAA’s Committee on Academic Performance has decided the timing process for determining postseason eligibility for teams who fail to meet academic standards will remain the same. There has been much debate regarding the fairness of applying penalties for poor academic performance that were not close enough in time to the actual performance. Although the committee spent more than a year analyzing ways to improve the system, they ultimately decided that any changes would only create more problems and the current system “is is the most fair and student-athlete friendly system.”
The committee’s research also produced the following conclusions:
- Penalty decisions should be based on a body of data sufficient to support valid decisions;
- Procedures should provide adequate time for a fair and deliberate process that ensures that data are correct and all waiver requests are given thorough review;
- Data used in making decisions on penalties or eligibility for post-season competition should be as close as practicable in time to the implementation of those decisions; and
- Procedures should enable consideration of student-athletes’ interests in the possibility of transferring (e.g. when their own academic performances have been consistently strong and they are in their last season of eligibility).
- The committee has concluded that the current process achieves a careful and appropriate balance among these factors.
A full review of the decision can be found on the NCAA website.