The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and USPA share a commitment to rigorous, standards-aligned online instruction for student-athletes. USPA’s curriculum and instructional model, implemented through Edgenuity, have been reviewed by the NCAA and meet the requirements for online courses.
Our curriculum has been awarded “extended evaluation” status, which means that the NCAA has completed a thorough review of the curriculum and implementation model, and has found that it meets the guidelines for online courses. As part of the extended evaluation, the NCAA continues to monitor core and AP coursework from actual student athletes enrolled in online courses.
NCAA Changes Effective August 2016
At USPA, we strongly recommend that applicants and current students become familiar with the information outlined in the NCAA Eligibility Center and also download and review the “2015-16 NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete.”
Some of the upcoming changes include higher minimum GPAs and SAT/ACT test scores and new credit requirements for juniors. At USPA, we begin tracking core courses and GPAs at the conclusion of every semester of high school so student-athletes seeking eligibility to participate in Division I or Division II college athletics know where they stand and can work to meet their personal goals.
It is important for student athletes and their parents to start learn about and understand the upcoming NCAA changes that will begin August 2016. While the best resource for any NCAA requirements or changes is the NCAA website, highlights of the August 2016 changes are summarized below for your convenience.
- Complete 16 core courses.
- Ten of the 16 core courses must be completed before the seventh semester (senior year) of high school. Seven of the 10 core courses must be English, math or science.
- Have a minimum core-course GPA of 2.3. Grades earned in the 10 required courses required before the senior year are “locked in for purpose of GPA calculation. A repeat of one of the “locked in” courses will not be used to improve the GPA if taken after the seventh semester begins.
- Meet the competition sliding scale requirement of GPA and ACT/SAT score (this is a new scale with increased GPA/test score requirements).