NCAA decertifying “nontraditional” courses

This was bound to happen.

The NCAA has begun the process of decertifying courses from BYU Independent Study and American School, two schools frequently used to bolster grades and make sure athletes are declared eligible as freshman.

From The NCAA News:

Division I adopted legislation earlier this spring (Proposal No. 2009-64) requiring nontraditional courses considered as core to include regular access and interaction between an instructor and student for purposes of teaching, evaluating and providing assistance to the student throughout the duration of the course.

The legislation became necessary as nontraditional courses became more prevalent, which made determining initial eligibility for prospective student-athletes more difficult. In particular, the variance of interaction and instruction between teacher and student in many online courses raised concern about whether these courses are academically sound and meet the NCAA definition of a core course. Additionally, the sometimes abbreviated timeframe for completion of such courses was of concern.

This begins on Aug. 1.


  1. This is what Michael Oher did IIRC. Glad to see these roundabout mechanisms removed, but there will always be some new trick around the corner.

  2. I think the NCAA is more focused and active in dealing with the big picture of amateur athletics now Brand is not there.

  3. Anything that subverts the envelope-pushers like Calipari is a good thing in my book. Somehow I think he’d be happy to have recruits load up on these courses so as to be eligible in their one year in ‘college.’ Or at least he would have, when they were legal and unregulated.

  4. Now maybe they can move on to deal with the slimey AAU/runner schemes…i.e., Pump Bros./KU ticket scalping scheme, which miraculously turned into 7 Pump players ending up at KU and some $800,000 in their pockets. Yea, I know probably impossible.

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