Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

NCAA Lessens Requirements for Core Subjects

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

NCAA Lessens Requirements for Core Subjects

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NEW YORK -- Within a month of winning an appeals court reversal of a decision that would have dismantled the freshmen eligibility standards for college sports, the National Collegiate Athletics Association has decided to lessen the restrictions for core course requirements, according to a story in The New York Times.

The regulations required that high school students complete a 13-course core curriculum and maintain a minimum grade-point average. Critics complained that thousands of high school athletes with excellent grades -- including national merit scholars and others with near-perfect GPAs -- had athletic scholarships canceled or delayed because of the regulations.

The new rules acknowledge less-conventional courses that can be determined to be as rigorous as the core courses. Many of these newly-accepted courses are offered by charter schools, community colleges and schools on the Internet, as well as by public schools.

The burden of proof as to the courses' worthiness will lie mainly with principals and guidance counselors. …

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