August 27, 2016 by
http://www.ncaa.org/static/champion/why-is-that-a-...
What’s the rule?
Incoming Division I college athletes must earn a 2.3 GPA in 16 core high school courses (English, math, science and social studies) in order to compete in sports their first year of college. Beginning Aug. 1, 2018, a 2.2 GPA in core classes will be required for incoming Division II student-athletes.
How did that become a rule?
In search of the right spot to draw the academic line, Division I administrators, student-athletes and faculty members examined the question for more than a year. They weighed many issues: Could raising the GPA requirement lead prospective college athletes to take high school more seriously and be more prepared for college? How would such a standard impact segments of society already battling limited access to higher education? The Division I Board of Directors settled on the standard because students coming into college with a high school GPA below 2.3 in specific academic courses were among the least likely to succeed academically in college.
Why does the NCAA care?
If student-athletes are to be students first, high school GPAs in specific academic classes are the best predictor of future academic success in college.
Will it always be a rule?
Academic standards for both incoming and continuing students are reviewed regularly in Divisions I and II, the only divisions that can award athletics scholarships. The 2.3 GPA is a new standard – students entering college this fall are the first to face the requirement – and the 2.2 GPA standard will be new for Division II in 2018. The divisions will review the impact of the new rule and potential unintended consequences, considering those when making future recommendations for academic standards.