RECRUITING: NCAA Divisions I and II extend COVID-19 initial-eligibility policies
Divisions I and II extend COVID-19 initial-eligibility policies
Standardized test scores will continue to be optional
Students who initially enroll full time during the 2021-22 or 2022-23 academic years and intend to play NCAA Division I or II athletics will not be required to take a standardized test to meet NCAA initial-eligibility requirements.
“Many testing centers around the world remain closed or with limited capacities, and this makes it hard for some prospective student-athletes to take a standardized test,” NCAA Eligibility Center Vice President Felicia Martin said. “Our members decided that extending the 2021-22 COVID-19 initial-eligibility policies was most fair for current high school juniors who will initially enroll in college during the 2022-23 academic year.”
Similar to 2021-22 policies, student-athletes enrolling in a Division I school during the 2022-23 academic year will be academically eligible by earning a 2.3 grade-point average in 16 NCAA-approved core courses, with 10 core courses (seven in English, math and science) completed by the start of their seventh semester in high school (before senior year)… [MORE]
FORTUNE: Will COVID wipe out standardized college testing?
For students and colleges alike, the changes wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic have affected virtually every facet of the educational process. It’s tougher to teach. It’s certainly tougher to learn. Many campuses have sat largely empty. And the idea of extracurricular activity has, for all intents, dried up.
This is, of course, alarming in its own right. But with those same realities facing high school students as well, it has also prompted new waves of thinking about the college admissions process. In a COVID world in which many of the old rules don’t apply, how do schools decide whom to admit?
“The pandemic caused tectonic shifts in the college admission process,” said Heath Einstein, dean of admission at Texas Christian University (TCU). “In a flash, students were homebound, unable to engage with their college search in traditional ways.” Added Karen Richardson, dean of admission at Princeton University: “A lot of things just came to a screeching halt.” [MORE]
USA TODAY: NCAA will waive ACT and SAT requirements for incoming freshmen ahead of 2020-21
Incoming college athletes won’t have to worry about taking the ACT or SAT to fulfill NCAA admission requirements ahead of the 2020-21 school year.
The NCAA said Friday that it was waiving test score requirements as schools and classes across the country are closed and testing dates are canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic… [MORE]
NCAA Drops Standardized Test Requirement for 2021-22
The COVID-19 pandemic will have lasting ramifications until at least 2021-22, as the NCAA Eligibility Center has temporarily waived standardized test requirements for incoming student-athletes.
The NCAA announced Monday that “students who initially enroll full time during the 2021-22 academic year and intend to play NCAA Division I or II athletics will not be required to take a standardized test to meet NCAA initial-eligibility requirements.”
A similar announcement was made in April for student-athletes entering college in 2020-21. The change comes as part of an NCAA effort to offer flexibility after the pandemic impacted all levels of education, including canceling some ACT and SAT tests while online versions were under development. Prospective college student-athletes are also dealing with different guidelines and education requirements during the 2020-21 school year… [MORE]