Division I Academics
More than a decade into academic reform, Division I student-athletes continue to improve academically. More student-athletes than ever are graduating, due in large part to enhanced eligibility standards and the success of the Division I Academic Performance Program. Division I is committed to an intercollegiate athletics model which recognizes and supports the importance of the academic mission of its member schools.
Academic Performance Program
The Academic Performance Program (APP) is designed to ensure Division I student-athletes receive exemplary educational and intercollegiate-athletics experiences. The APP encourages student-athlete graduation through a reward and penalty system directly tied to a team’s academic performance. The APP umbrella covers both the Academic Progress Rate (APR) and Graduation Success Rate (GSR).
Academic Primers are designed as educational materials and are published regularly to highlight current issues and hot topics in Division I Academics.
In August 2018, Board adopted legislation to require schools to provide degree completion funding to former men’s and women’s basketball players. The Board established a fund for limited resource institutions to fund degree completion. These actions came at the recommendation of the Commission on College Basketball.
The Graduation Success Rate for Division I college athletes who entered school in 2008 climbed to 86 percent – two points over last year and the highest rate ever measured.
Student-Athletes are required to meet and maintain certain academic standards in order to practice and compete in Division I athletics. The academic benchmarks that impact a student-athlete’s eligibility include initial-eligibility, two-year college transfer eligibility, and progress-toward-degree.
For the first time, a portion of Division I revenue will be distributed to member schools based on the academic achievement of student-athletes. The new model will allow schools with higher graduation rates and academic success to qualify for more funds.
The following educational resource is a tool designed to support the NCAA Division I membership’s understanding of the application of Bylaw 14 as it relates to certifying student-athlete academic eligibility. This module takes a basic approach and does not address every possible scenario. Users should always refer to the NCAA Division I manual and associated interpretations for the complete legislation. Interpretive questions should be submitted through RSRO.
Webinars conducted by NCAA staff following meetings of the NCAA Division I Committee on Academics provide timely, practical education in areas of high membership interest and help the membership understand action taken by the committee.