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The NCAA announces it has reformed

College football may have a new method of scoring, with regard to academic progress that is:

The new system, if approved, will go beyond graduation rates that are currently used as a measure of academic progress. Instead, a team will be awarded points when an athlete remains eligible and when that athlete advances academically from semester to semester. One point can be earned for each athlete who remains eligible during a given semester and another awarded for each athlete enrolling for the next semester. This will determine an academic progress rate, a statistic meant to provide a snapshot of how each team in every Division I sport is performing in the classroom. It will measure only athletes on scholarships.

In the next several months, another N.C.A.A. committee will determine the acceptable score on this academic progress rating and set the cutoff below which teams will be warned that they may lose scholarships, recruiting privileges or, in the case of repeated violations, postseason eligibility.

Setting the cutoff mark is complicated by academic rates that vary widely from sport to sport and by the N.C.A.A.'s desire to compare athletes' progress rates to those of the entire student body. But these rates also vary because of the diverse academic missions of N.C.A.A. members.

Sounds like a difficult proposition to me, but there's a chance the scheme will induce something besides substitution of basket-weaving courses for calculus. Meanwhile, NCAA president Myles Brand has already declared that the mere proposal itself is "a major change in the academic culture." Gee, I'm impressed!