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NCAA measure could also affect prep schools

5/1/2007

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA approved a rule that limits
recruits from adding only one core course toward their college
eligibility after they have graduated from high school.

Current rules require incoming freshman to complete 14 core
courses in high school. That number will increase to 16 next year.

It was the latest move by the NCAA to weed out the "diploma
mills," nontraditional schools that sometimes do not meet
accreditation standards. The NCAA has placed those schools under
greater scrutiny since learning about University High School in
Miami, a correspondence school that offered diplomas to students
despite having no classes or instructors and operating almost
without supervision. That case was first reported by The New York
Times.

But the new rule could dramatically affect prep schools, which
have become a more common avenue to athletes who have struggled in
the classroom. Some recruits choose to attend prep schools to
improve their academic standing, as well as play against stronger
competition, before enrolling in college.

The NCAA believes there is a difference between attaining
eligibility requirements at those schools and preparing to improve
test scores or become a stronger student in college.

There will also be a waiver process in place that would allow
the NCAA to consider each case individually.