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New eligibility standards start in 2016

DI board adopts increase in initial-eligibility expectations

The Division I Board of Directors today voted to allow more time for high school students and those who guide them to become familiar with higher initial eligibility standards, which now will go into effect in 2016. The class entering college in 2016 is currently in eighth grade and now will have all four years in high school to work toward the new standard.

The Board adopted the increase in initial-eligibility expectations last October, with an effective date of 2015, to ensure prospects are more academically prepared for college coursework. Since then, some administrators, coaches associations and secondary school administrators expressed concern about the implementation schedule.

“We want to give young people a fair chance to meet the new standards by taking core academic courses early in their high school education,” said Board Chair Judy Genshaft, president at South Florida. “The presidents have every confidence that future student-athletes will do the work necessary to be academically successful in college.”

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