Division II’s Path to Graduation

Beginning August 1, 2013, NCAA Division II will increase the number

of core courses required to become certified for athltic scholarships and

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competition from 14 core courses to 16 core courses. The 16 required core courses are as follows:

  • English – 3 years
  • Math – 2 years
  • Natural/Physical Science – 2 years
  • Additional English, Math or Natura/physical l Science – 3 years
  • Social Science – 2 years
  • Additionl Academic Courses – 4 years

Since 1986, a prospect who is a high school graduate and scores above 820 SAT/2.0 GPA in the requisite core courses is a qualifier. A prospect who meets either the GPA or test-score requirement, but not both, is a partial qualifier. One who does not meet either standard is a nonqualifier.

Federal graudations rates show that graduation rates are higher among Division II student-athletes[54 percent] than they are among their non-athletic classmates [48 percent]. The NCAA Division II Academic Success Rate shows that 72 percent of Division II student-athletes graduate within six years.

Implementation of a Sliding Scale

When NCAA Division II members meet at the NCAA Convention in Janaury 2014, they will vote to change the initial eligiblity requirements for students graduating from high school and starting college on or after August 1, 2018. Highlights of these changes include:

  • Implementation of a sliding scale similar to the one used in NCAA Division I to determine qualifier and partial qualifiers;
  • Implementation of a minimum high school gradepoint average of 2.2 to become a Division II qualifier;
  • Keep the 16 core course minimum.

The research from the Division II Academic Performance Census shows that a large group of partial qualifiers who missed the 820 SAT score are performing better academicallly in college than their classsmates whose GPA was just above the minimum 2.0. So the question was raised, if these partial qualifiers are graduating, why not make them qualifiers and allow them to compete?

Why 2.2?

NCAA Division II wants to be a destination for high school students, not a last resort because they couldn’t qualify for NCAA Division I; therefore the recommendation of a 2.2 minimum GPA for qualifiers should prevent an influx of students who fail to meet the 2.3 minimum GPA that goes into effect for Division I beginning with the high school class of 2016.

Click here to read the full NCAA article.


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