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Division II Progress Toward Degree. Natasha Oakes Alex Smith. Agenda. Session outcomes. Learning objectives. Case studies. Resources. Session Outcomes. Leave with a better understanding of: Good academic standing; Progress-toward-degree requirements; and

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division ii progress toward degree

Division IIProgress Toward Degree

Natasha Oakes

Alex Smith

agenda
Agenda
  • Session outcomes.
  • Learning objectives.
  • Case studies.
  • Resources.
session outcomes
Session Outcomes
  • Leave with a better understanding of:
    • Good academic standing;
    • Progress-toward-degree requirements; and
    • Progress-toward-degree legislated waivers and exceptions.
learning objectives
Learning Objectives
  • Distinguish between NCAA eligibility requirements and good academic standing on campus.
  • Identify credit-hour triggers.
  • Differentiate between applicable credit-hour and GPA requirements.
  • Demonstrate ability to appropriately apply the averaging and actual methods, including recertification.
learning objectives cont
Learning Objectives (cont.)
  • Accurately calculate GPA for continuing and transfer SAs.
  • Discuss applicable progress-toward-degree exceptions and legislated waivers.
  • Identify helpful resources available to the membership.
ncaa bylaw 14 4 1
NCAA Bylaw 14.4.1
  • To be eligible for intercollegiate athletics competition:
    • Maintain progress toward a baccalaureate or equivalent degree.
    • In general, the application progress-toward-degree requirements is interpreted at each member institution by the academic authorities who determine the meaning of such for all students (subject to conference or association legislation.
      • Institution is determining if the legislation is being met.
good academic standing
Good Academic Standing
  • Defined by each member institution.
  • Could be more stringent than association legislation.
  • To be interpreted by the academic officials who determine the meaning for all students.

Bylaw 14.02.6

bylaw 14 4 3 1 a
Bylaw 14.4.3.1-(a)
  • Six credit-hour requirement.
    • Complete six-semester or six-quarter hours.
    • Preceding regular academic term while enrolled full time.
      • Must be transferable if coming from two-year or four-year institution.

Bylaw 14.4.3.1.1

bylaw 14 4 3 1 a cont
Bylaw 14.4.3.1-(a) (cont.)
  • Exceptions to the six-hour rule.
    • Final academic year of degree program.

Bylaw 14.4.3.1.6.1

    • Graduate student exception.

Bylaw 14.4.3.4-(d)

    • Cooperative education and study abroad.

Bylaw 14.4.3.3.11

bylaw 14 4 3 1 b
Bylaw 14.4.3.1-(b)
  • 24-hour requirement.
  • Applies to the following SAs.
    • Midyear transfer;
    • Following completion of first academic year in residence;
    • Used one season of competition.
bylaw 14 4 3 1 b cont
Bylaw 14.4.3.1-(b) (cont.)
  • How are the 24 hours calculated?
  • Two methods.
    • Actual.
    • Averaging.
bylaw 14 4 3 1 b cont1
Bylaw 14.4.3.1-(b) (cont.)
  • Actual method.
    • Complete 24-semester or 36-quarter hours.
      • Since the beginning of the fall term; or
      • Since the beginning of the institution’s preceding two semesters or three quarters.
bylaw 14 4 3 1 b cont2
Bylaw 14.4.3.1-(b) (cont.)
  • Averaging method.
    • Complete an average of 12-semester or 12-quarter hours before each fall term.
    • During each full-time term at the certifying institution.
      • Use of credits from a part-time term.

Bylaw 14.4.3.1.3

bylaw 14 4 3 1 4
Bylaw 14.4.3.1.4
  • 75/25 rule.
    • Must earn at least 75% of the minimum number of semester or quarter hours during the regular academic year.
    • Must earn no more than 25% of the minimum number of semester or quarter hours during the summer.
josie cont
Josie (cont.)
  • Is there a way for Josie to “get well” for spring 2012?
    • Averaging?
      • Josie has a total of 60 hours for five full-time terms.
      • 60/5 = average of 12 per full-time term.
      • STOP!!!...averaging method can only be used going into the fall semester.
josie cont1
Josie (cont.)
  • What about the actual method?
  • Total number of hours?
  • Does she meet 75/25?
bylaw 14 4 3 1 6
Bylaw 14.4.3.1.6
  • Hours earned or accepted for degree credit.
    • During first two years of enrollment;
    • Beginning of fifth semester/seventh quarter;
    • Change of degree program.
using credits to meet progress toward degree
Using Credits to Meet Progress Toward Degree
  • Advanced placement/credit by examination.

Bylaw 14.4.3.3.3

    • NCAA Proposal No. 2012-4 – Credit hours earned prior to initial full-time enrollment.
  • Correspondence and distance learning courses.

Bylaw 14.4.3.3.4

  • Can an SA take a full-time load of correspondence courses?
    • Yes, must be considered full time and degree seeking by institution.
remedial tutorial and noncredit courses bylaw 14 4 3 3 5
Remedial, Tutorial and Noncredit Courses (Bylaw 14.4.3.3.5)
  • May be used if they meet the following:
    • Must be considered prerequisites;
    • Must be considered toward full-time status;
    • Noncredit courses may not exceed the maximum institutional limit;
    • Shall not take more than 12-semester or 18-quarter hours; and
    • Must be taken in first academic year of collegiate enrollment.
remedial tutorial and noncredit courses cont
Remedial, Tutorial and Noncredit Courses (cont.)
  • Applicable interpretation.
    • Remedial, tutorial and noncredit courses taken the summer following initial enrollment may be used to meet progress-toward-degree requirements.

Official Interpretation: September 1, 2010

bylaw 14 4 3 3 6
Bylaw 14.4.3.3.6
  • Incomplete grades.
    • Must follow institution’s regulations;
    • Counted only once after acceptable grade has been achieved;
    • Counted in term according to institutional policy;
    • If no policy, can be counted in either the term it was taken or when grade was achieved.
bylaw 14 4 3 3 7
Bylaw 14.4.3.3.7
  • Repeated courses.
    • Course repeated due to unsatisfactory grade may be used once after satisfactorily completed.
    • Credit for a course that may be taken several times is limited by institutional regulations.
    • May not exceed maximum institutional limits.
case study no 2 don
Case Study No. 2 - Don
  • Don passed Microeconomics with a D grade during the 2011 spring term, which is accepted in his major and is used to certify his eligibility for the 2011-12 academic year.
  • Don decides he would like to repeat the course during the 2011 fall term. This time he earns a B grade. It is institutional policy to replace his D grade with the B grade he earned.
don cont
Don (cont.)
  • Does the replacing of the grade earned in spring 2011 effect Don’s eligibility?
  • Is the institution able to use the repeated course to certify Don’s eligibility for spring 2012?
bylaw 14 4 3 2
Bylaw 14.4.3.2
  • GPA requirements.
  • 24-semester/36-quarter hours = 1.800.
  • 48-semester/72-quarter hours – 1.900.
  • 72-semester/108-quarter hours = 2.000.
bylaw 14 4 3 2 cont
Bylaw 14.4.3.2 (cont.)
  • GPA only needs to be checked prior to the fall term.
  • If eligible at that point, the SA is eligible for the academic year.
  • Does not matter if the SA reaches the next hour requirement during the year.
case study no 3 taylor
Case Study No. 3 - Taylor
  • Taylor is going into her junior year at Elizabeth University (EU). At the start of the 2011-12 academic year, she had 58-semester hours with a 2.000 GPA.
  • EU requires that all students maintain a 2.000 GPA at the start of each semester.
  • Taylor’s GPA going into spring 2012 is 1.900.
taylor cont
Taylor (cont.)
  • Is Taylor meeting GPA requirements set forth in Bylaw 14.4.3.2?
  • What about EU’s policy regarding GPA?
exceptions to progress toward degree rules
Exceptions to Progress-Toward-Degree Rules
  • Missed term.
    • May be used one time;
    • Used with averaging method;
    • Cannot have engaged in outside competition;
    • Must have been eligible for enrollment;
    • Must be meeting progress-toward-degree requirements.
      • Cannot use this exception in first year in residence at certifying institution to be eligible in second year.

Bylaw 14.4.3.4-(a)

exceptions to progress toward degree rules cont
Exceptions to Progress-Toward-Degree Rules (cont.)
  • Cooperative Education, Work Experience and Study-Abroad Programs.
    • Not be required to complete six-hour requirement during any term or terms of enrollment in a cooperative educational or work experience program.
      • Includes co-op, internship, practicum, student-teaching or an institutionally approved study-abroad program.

Bylaw 14.4.3.3.11

exceptions to progress toward degree rules cont1
Exceptions to Progress-Toward-Degree Rules (cont.)
  • Midyear enrollee.
    • Entering second semester or second or third quarter.
    • Used with actual method.
    • Prorated at 12 hours.

Bylaw 14.4.3.4-(b)

case study no 4 nathaniel
Case Study No. 4 - Nathaniel
  • Nathaniel is a midyear transfer from Hawthorne College who satisfied the one-time-transfer requirements to be immediately eligible at your school for spring 2012.
  • How many hours does Nathaniel have to earn to be eligible for the 2012-13 academic year?
nathaniel cont
Nathaniel (cont.)
  • Bylaw 14.4.3.1-(b)
    • 24-hour requirement.
    • Applies to midyear transfer SAs.
  • What exception can be used (if any)?
    • Midyear enrollee.
  • How does it apply?
    • Prorate 12 hours for fall 2011.
    • Must earn 12 hours prior to fall 2012, with at least nine being earned in spring 2012.
exceptions to progress toward degree rules cont2
Exceptions to Progress-Toward-Degree Rules (cont.)
  • Nonrecruited, nonparticipant.
    • Must have been in residence for one year;
    • Not recruited per Bylaw 13.02.10.1;
    • No athletically related financial aid received;
    • Never practiced or competed.
      • Limited preseason tryout.

Bylaw 14.4.3.4-(c)

exceptions to progress toward degree rules cont3
Exceptions to Progress-Toward-Degree Rules (cont.)
  • Two-year nonparticipation or minimal participation.
    • Two years of no countable athletically related activity since last participation;
    • 14 consecutive calendar day period;
    • Organized noncollegiate amateur competition while not enrolled;
    • Must be after initial full-time enrollment in college.

Bylaw 14.4.3.4-(e)

not meeting progress toward degree requirements
Not Meeting Progress-Toward-Degree Requirements?
  • Ineligible for competition.
    • Ability to “get well.”
  • What about practice during the year of residency?
waiver options
Waiver Options
  • Administered by conference.
    • Medical absence.

Bylaw 14.4.3.5-(a)

    • International competition.

Bylaw 14.4.3.5-(b)

waiver options cont
Waiver Options (cont.)
  • Administered by NCAA national office.
    • Progress-toward-degree waivers.

Bylaw 14.4.3.8

    • Less than full-time enrollment waivers.

Bylaw 14.1.8.1.8

ama online
AMA Online
  • Online waiver portal to file all AMA waivers.
  • Launched February 2011.
  • ALL waivers must be filed via online portal, including documentation.
  • Waivers will not be accepted via the portal until all required documentation and signatures are submitted.
submitting a waiver
Submitting a Waiver
  • What is the mitigation?
  • How does it tie to the deficiency?
  • Complete waiver request.
  • Appropriate documentation.
resources
Resources
  • NCAA Division II Manual.
    • Bylaw 14.4.3.
    • Bylaw 14.1.8.
  • Legislative Services Database for the Internet.
  • Academic and membership affairs.
on the horizon
On the horizon…
  • Review of academic requirements.
    • Areas for additional progress-toward-degree discussions and potential concept development.
      • Identified during the February 2102 meeting of the NCAA Division II Academic Requirements Task Force.
    • Timeline for review.
    • Opportunity for feedback.
progress toward degree review
Progress-Toward-Degree Review
  • Initial progress-toward-degree discussions reiterated the Division II core value of SA progression toward and achievement of a baccalaureate degree.
  • Identified specific progress-toward-degree areas that may enhance graduation based on initial data review for additional research and future meeting discussions.
    • Currently no consensus regarding the viability of any of these areas.
progress toward degree review cont
Progress-Toward-Degree Review (cont.)
  • Areas identified include:
    • Requiring nine credit hours per term of full-time attendance;
    • Requiring a term-by-term GPA minimum;
    • Review of the averaging method as an alternative to the actual method for credit-hour certification;
    • Review of percentage-of-degree requirement models; and
    • Review of a four-year graduation model.
opportunity for feedback
Opportunity for Feedback
  • Feedback and questions regarding the currently identified areas for additional review are welcome and may be sent to

diiacademicreview@ncaa.org