NCAA Explanation of Implementation

This article, provided by Academic Affairs, offers insight on the NCAA process for Empowered courses and client-taught sections.

Many students are interested in continuing their athletic careers in post-secondary settings. In order to be eligible to compete, high school athletes must be adequately prepared for college coursework by meeting specific academic requirements. Students are able to work toward these requirements by enrolling in Lincoln Learning Solutions’ NCAA-eligible Lincoln Empowered courses.

Lincoln Learning Solutions has been cleared by the NCAA as meeting the guidelines for a nontraditional program. Accordingly, a number of Lincoln Empowered courses have been reviewed against NCAA’s criteria for core courses and have been granted NCAA eligibility. The eligible courses meet the NCAA’s guidelines for course length, content, and rigor.

Lincoln Empowered NCAA-eligible courses can either be taken using the Lincoln Learning Solutions’ instructional services or be taken using a school/program’s instructional services. As part of Lincoln Learning Solutions’ instructional services, students progress asynchronously through their courses with the interaction and guidance of experienced, state-certified teachers who monitor student progress, provide one-on-one support and instruction, assess mastery of content, and create supplemental educational materials. Further, when a Lincoln Empowered NCAA-eligible course is taken in conjunction with Lincoln Learning Solutions’ instructional services, additional paperwork is not required.

Students also have the option of taking a Lincoln Empowered NCAA-eligible core course with their school or programs’ instructional services. When a Lincoln Empowered NCAA-eligible course is taken in conjunction with a school or program’s instructional services, the school/program is required to complete a Nontraditional Course Questionnaire. If the Lincoln Empowered courses were implemented as approved by the NCAA with no modifications, the school/program does not have to fill out the Core Course Review form.

Regardless of the option chosen, students are assisted throughout the process to assure that their hard work is provided to the NCAA, and their path to certification is as seamless as possible.

Course with Lincoln Learning Solutions’ Instructional Services:

  1. The student takes a Lincoln Empowered NCAA-eligible course.
  2. Lincoln Learning Solutions provides the student’s school of record with his/her grade report upon completion of the course.
  3. The school of record submits the student’s transcript via the NCAA High School Portal with the Lincoln Empowered course clearly identified. Transcripts should be submitted to the NCAA after the student’s junior year or after graduation.
  4. The NCAA reviews the transcript and grants or denies approval.

Course with Other Instructional Services:

  1. The student takes a Lincoln Empowered NCAA-eligible course.
  2. Lincoln Learning Solutions provides the student’s school of record with his/her grade report upon completion of the course.
  3. The school of record submits the student’s transcript via the NCAA High School Portal with the Lincoln Empowered course clearly identified. Transcripts should be submitted to the NCAA after the student’s junior year or after graduation.
  4. The NCAA sends the school of record a Nontraditional Course Questionnaire.
  5. The school of record completes the Nontraditional Course Questionnaire.
  6. If a Lincoln Empowered course has been implemented by the school of record with no modifications (delivered as Lincoln Empowered with zero customizations), the school of record does not have to complete the Core Course Review form.
  7. If a Lincoln Empowered course has been implemented by the school of record with modifications, the school of record must complete the Core Course Review form to assure the modified course meets content, length, and rigor of NCAA core-course legislation.
  8. The NCAA will review all documentation and grant or deny approval.

     

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