NCAA Committee Hard at Work

Two months after the public rollout of the NCAA's Academic Progress Rating (APR) package, the organization's Committee on Academic Performance (CAP) seems to be discussing a potential recall of some of the rules that were initially laid out in the plan.

The consideration of recalling some of the rules is a result of the concern that some requirements, especially in cases of players transferring, are beyond the control of a coach or institution (See related story: APR Paints with Broad Brush; April 8, 2005).

According to the May 9 issue of the NCAA News (the Pravda of college athletics), the "retention issue" (aka: transfer penalty) will be a focus of the CAP's development of criteria for penalty waivers (appeals). The process for appeals was not in place when the APR plan was unveiled in February and the parameters for such appeals are not expected to be completed before the CAP meets again in July.

The CAP meeting was held in Indianapolis on April 26-27 to try to appease some of the system's harshest critics,and at the same timeto work on its next rollout of penalties in the form of yet-to-be-defined "historical and institutional" penalties.

The makeup of the historical and institutional penalties is currently in an infancy stage, and the committee is working on a statistical method to compare the NCAA-invented Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for student-athletes to a to-be-determined similar method of measuring the graduation success of an institution's general student population.

Although the details have yet to be worked out in both the initial APR penalty structure and the coming historically based penalties, the committee supported a requirement for institutions failing to meet the standards to submit a recovery plan.

One thing that was clarified is the implementation of scholarship cuts to sports with initial counter limits each year. The group issued an interpretation (in English) that will apply a 10 percent cap regarding penalties to overall and initial counters.

Therefore, a football squad hit with the maximum number of 9 scholarship cuts in a year would be required to apply three of those to the initial counter limit (normally 25) and the remaining six the the total limit (normally 85). The CAP said the penalties are not designed to penalize a team for more than one season.

The committee will continue its work in July where it is also expected to take up the proposition of rewarding institutions where players return to finish their degrees. The first scholarship penalties could still arrive as early as December 2005.

NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance Members: (NCAA web site)
Britton Banowsky, Commissioner, Conference USA
Scott Barnes, Director of Athletics, Eastern Washington
Brad Bates, Director of Athletics, Miami University (Ohio)
Pete Boone, Director of Athletics, University of Mississippi (Ex-officio Nonvoting member)
Susan Collins, Senior Associate Director of Athletics, George Mason University
Jack Evans, Faculty Athletics Representative, North Carolina
Marshall Goodman
Walter Harrision (chair), President, University of Hartford
Bob Hemenway, Chancellor, University of Kansas (Ex-officio Nonvoting member)
Michael Hogan, Provost, University of Iowa
Stephanie McDonald-Mitchell, Assistant AD/SWA, Stephen F. Austin
Donald Morrison, Faculty Athletics Representative, UCLA (Ex-officio Nonvoting member)
Jim Schaus, Director of Athletics, Wichitia State
James "Rod" Wyatt, Associate Director of Athletics, UNC-Greensboro

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