Eligibility – Division II Ellen Ferris & Stephanie Quigg
Session Overview • Initial Eligibility • Progress Toward Degree
Initial Eligibility NCAA Bylaw 14.3
Overview • Basics. • General elements of initial eligibility. • Core-course requirements. • Grade-point-average and test-score requirements. • NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse information. • Additional certification for student-athletes entering a collegiate institution on or after August 1, 2007.
Initial Eligibility • Prospective student-athletes (prospects) must meet established standards to: • Practice; • Compete; • Receive institutional financial aid (including athletics aid). • In Division II, all high school prospects must be certified by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse.
Elements of Initial Eligibility • Graduation from high school; • Minimum number of core courses; • Minimum core-course grade-point average; and • Minimum score on either the SAT or ACT.
Division II Core-CourseBreakdown (New Rule) • 14 core-course rule. • Three years English. • Two years math (Algebra I or higher). • Two years natural/physical science (one lab). • Two years additional English, math or science. • Two years social science. • Three years additional courses (any area above or foreign language, nondoctrinal religion or philosophy).
Grade-Point-Average/Test-Score Requirements • Minimum core-course grade-point average of 2.000. • Minimum SAT combined score of 820 or ACT sum score of 68. • No sliding scale. • No change with the increase from 13 to 14 core courses.
PROPOSAL NO. 9 INITIAL ELIGIBILITY – TEST-SCORE REQUIREMENT – STATE-ADMINISTERED ACT • Intent: To specify that a state-administered ACT may be used to meet the initial-eligibility test-score requirement. • Effective Date: Immediate. [Bylaws 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168.2]
Determination of InitialEligibility • All prospects must register with the clearinghouse. • Prospects are encouraged to register at the conclusion of their junior year. • Clearinghouse will not process a transcript with fewer than six semesters. • Register at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net (preferred method of registration). • Register on paper form contained in the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.
PROPOSAL NO. 19 AMATEURISM – GENERAL REGULATION – VALIDITY OF AMATEUR STATUS – PROSPECTIVE OR TRANSFER STUDENT-ATHLETE • Intent: To require NCAA certification of the amateur status of any prospective student-athlete (including two-year and four-year transfers) initially enrolling at an NCAA Division II institution. • Effective Date: August 1, 2006, for all final certifications for student-athletes enrolling at a Division II institution on or after August 1, 2007. [Bylaws 12.1, 14.01.3 and 22.214.171.124.2]
Progress Toward Degree Bylaw 14.4
Overview • Basics. • “12/24-hour” rule. • “75/25” rule. • Six-hour requirement. • Designation-of-degree program. • Grade-point-average requirements. • Exceptions and waivers.
Progress Toward Degree (PTD) • Page Nos. 123-128 in the 2005-06 NCAA Division II Manual. • Governs eligibility for competition only. • Eligibility for practice and financial aid is determined by other NCAA, conference and institutional regulations.
Good Academic Standing • Determined by institutional academic authorities for all students. • Use the more stringent of NCAA, conference or institutional rules.
Case Study: Good Academic Standing • In 2005-06, Marcus attended his first year at Esplanade University. • At the end of the academic year, he earned a 1.575 grade-point average. • Minimum institutional grade-point average for good academic standing is 1.500. • Minimum conference grade-point average for good academic standing is 1.600. • Is Marcus in good academic standing?
Answer • Marcus needs a 1.600 GPA, but only has a 1.575 GPA. • He needs the higher of NCAA, conference or institutional GPA’s. • Marcus is NOT in good academic standing. • No competition for Marcus during the 2005-06 academic year.
PTD • Does the student-athlete meet good academic standing? • If no, no further analysis is required. • If yes, then ask … • Did the student-athlete trigger PTD? • If yes, then ask …
PTD Triggers • One academic year in residence at the certifying institution; OR • Season of competition used at the certifying institution; OR • Midyear transfer (not enrollee) to the certifying institution.
Case Study: PTD Triggers • Sarah initially enrolls fall 2005 as a full-time student. • She does not return for the spring semester. • Sarah practices in volleyball fall 2005, but does not compete. • Sarah wants to return to Claiborne State University fall 2006. • Is Sarah subject to PTD requirements fall 2006?
Answer • Sarah did NOT complete a year in residence. • She did NOT compete in volleyball. • She was NOT a midyear transfer. • Therefore, Sarah is not subject to PTD requirements fall 2006.
Case Study: PTD Triggers • Sarah played in a volleyball contest during fall 2005, but did not enroll for spring 2006. • Will Sarah be subject to PTD fall 2006?
Answer • Sarah did NOT complete a year in residence. • She DID compete in volleyball. • She was NOT a midyear transfer. • Therefore, Sarah is subject to PTD because she triggered the season-of-competition element.
Case Study: PTD Triggers • Wade was a qualifier. • He attended Pitt Community College fall 2005 and transferred to Girod University spring 2006. • Wade did not meet the two-year college transfer rule. • Will Wade be subject to PTD fall 2006?
Answer • Wade did NOT complete a year in residence at Girod University. • He did NOT compete in basketball. • He IS a midyear transfer. • Therefore, Wade is subject to PTD because he triggered the midyear-transfer element.
Summary • If a student-athlete triggers one of the three elements (academic year in residence, season of competition or midyear transfer), he or she is subject to PTD. • Make sure the student-athlete is in good academic standing.
“12/24-Hour” Rule • Averaging method: Complete an average of 12-semester or quarter hours for each of the previous terms enrolled. • Actual method: Complete 24-semester or 36-quarter hours since the two preceding regular semesters or three quarters. [Bylaw 126.96.36.199-(b)]
Case Study • During 2004-05, Heather earned 27 credit hours over two semesters. • During fall 2005, she earned 12 credit hours. • Heather enrolled part-time spring 2006 and earned 10 hours. • Heather earned a total of 49 credit hours. • Does Heather meet the “12/24-hour” rule?
Answer • Heather did not earn 24 credit hours during 2005-06. • She does not meet PTD using the actual method. • 2005-06: 12 (fall) + 10 (spring) = 22
Answer • However, Heather earned an average of 12.5 hours per semester. • She meets the “12/24-hour” rule using the averaging method. 2004-05 = 27 hours 2005-06 = 22 hours 49 hours total 49 hours/4 semesters = 12.25
Part-Time Hours • A student-athlete may not use part-time hours earned prior to initial, full-time enrollment at the certifying institution to satisfy both the initial-eligibility (or transfer requirements) and the PTD requirements. Part-time hours earned prior to initial, full-time enrollment may only be used for one certification at the institution. [NCAA Official Interpretation (Reference: 7/25/05)]
“75/25” Rule • At least 75 percent of the required hours must be earned during the regular academic year. • Not more than 25 percent of the required hours may be earned during the summer. • “J-term” or “mini-term” hours count in the 75 percent, as long as the term ends before commencement. [Bylaw 188.8.131.52.2]
Case Study: “75/25” • Tony enrolled full time and earned 17-semester hours as a freshman 2005-06. • He earned eight hours the summer after his first year. • Will Tony be eligible fall 2006?
Answer • Tony earned a total of 25 credit hours for the 2005-06 academic year. • However, Tony did not earn 75 percent of his hours during the academic year. • Fall + spring = 17 hours • 75 percent of 24 hours = 18 hours • Tony will not be eligible fall 2006.
Case Study: “75/25” • Amy earned 28 credit hours during her first academic year at Calhoun State University, 2004-05. • She earned 16 hours her second year, 2005-06, but earned 12 hours in the summer. • Will Amy be eligible fall 2006?
Amy’s Academic Grid • Only 16 hours during the 2004-05 academic year. • But, “75/25” can be calculated cumulatively when using the averaging method.
Answer • Amy earned 44 credit hours during academic years combined. • 25 percent of 48 hours = 12 • Amy meets “75/25.”
Case Study: “75/25” • Tommy enrolled full time at Dauphine University and competed in soccer fall 2005. • Tommy completed 15 credits fall 2005. • Tommy decided to work instead of enrolling spring 2006. • Tommy completed nine credits summer 2006. • Will Tommy be eligible fall 2006?
Answer • Tommy will NOT be eligible fall 2006. • Tommy did not complete 18 credits during the 2005-06 academic year. • Tommy triggered meeting “12/24” and “75/25” because he used a season of competition during fall 2005.
Six-Hour Requirement • Student-athletes must earn six-semester or six-quarter hours of academic credit the preceding regular academic term in which the student-athlete has been enrolled full time at any collegiate institution. • Effective after fall term 2005 for hours earned in that term and thereafter. [Bylaw 184.108.40.206-(a)]
Six-Hour Requirement • The rule affects transfer students, continuing students and students first entering a collegiate institution on or after August 1, 2005. • If a student-athlete repeats a course in which a satisfactory grade was initially achieved, the repeated course may not be used to satisfy the six-hour requirement. [Bylaw 220.127.116.11.7]
Six-Hour Requirement – Transfers • The six-hour requirement requires that the hours must be transferable degree credit for transfer students. [(Bylaw 18.104.22.168.1)] • If a transfer student meets any of the 4-4 transfer exceptions set forth in Bylaw 22.214.171.124, the transfer student is subject to meeting six-semester or six-quarter hours of transferable degree credit from the previous full-time term.
Six-Hour Requirement – Graduate or Post-Baccalaureate Students • Graduate students are not subject to the six-hour rule per Bylaw 126.96.36.199-(d). • A student-athlete who has graduated and is returning for their second baccalaureate degree is not subject to PTD requirements. [Staff Interpretation (Reference: 6/25/03, Item C)]
Six-Hour Requirement – Exceptions • Final Academic Year of Degree Program • May use credit hours acceptable toward any of the institution’s degree programs to meet the six-hour rule, provided the student-athlete is carrying the credits necessary to complete the degree program at the end of two semesters or three quarters. • Cooperative Education and Study Abroad Program • Student-athletes are not required to complete six hours of academic credit during any term(s) of enrollment in a cooperative education program or an institutionally approved study-abroad program.
PROPOSAL NO. 30 ELIGIBILITY – CHANGE IN ELIGIBILITY STATUS – EXCEPTION • Intent: To establish an exception to the certification of the six-hour term-by-term requirement for those institutions whose submissions or posting date of grades is within three days of the first day of classes of the following term; further, to require institutions that use this exception to provide the NCAA national office the number of student-athletes who are ultimately declared ineligible for the academic term but competed during the exception period. • Effective Date: August 1, 2006. [Bylaw 14.1.10]
Case Study – Six-Hour Requirement • Tiffany enrolled full time at Iberville State College fall 2005. • She earned 15 credits. • Tiffany earned six credits spring 2006, and five credits summer 2006. • Does Tiffany meet the six-hour requirement to be eligible fall 2006?