The NCAA has had a rough year in the media when it comes to academics — and now they’re ever so slightly increasing the standards for academic eligibility:
The measure requires teams to maintain a minimum 930 Academic Progress Rate for participation in postseason competition, which is roughly a 50 percent graduation success rate, (NCAA President Mark) Emmert said.
New measures will begin phasing in during the 2012-13 school year, he added. Soon afterward, for the 2014-15 school year, teams that don’t achieve a 930 APR will be ineligible for postseason participation, he said.
The D1 board also passed a proposal increasing initial eligibility standards for incoming freshmen and transfer students. Under the proposal, immediate access for freshmen to competition is a 2.3 GPA and 2.5 for transfers, Emmert said.
Even if the increment seems small, the effect isn’t necessarily: Under the new standards, 17 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision and 99 teams in men’s basketball would be subject to penalties.