New NCAA Standards Encourage Academic Shortcuts

New NCAA Standards Encourage Academic Shortcuts 1

Charlie Litchfield, The Register

Athletes from Iowa Western Community College celebrate their championship win in 2012. An official there estimates that half of the students on that team who went on to elite NCAA programs wouldn't qualify now.

Last year the NCAA overhauled its academic standards, making it tougher for students transferring from community colleges to play Division I sports.

But so far those rules have led to the creation of new shortcuts, putting community-college transfers in position to play without making the academic improvements the NCAA had sought in the first place.

To meet the new requirements, which include a minimum grade-point average of 2.5—up from 2.0 in previous