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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Clearing the House, Part II

I previously addressed the issue of the general requirements in order to pass the Clearinghouse process. What happens to those individuals who pass through the process like a kidney stone? Here’s some more information…

First, any player who is actively being recruited need to request that the recruiter/school place him on the school’s IRL (Institutional Request List.) This list is generated for a specific college or university in order to inform it of the student-athletes’ progress through the Clearinghouse. Any time that new information comes into the Clearinghouse, the information should be updated on the student-athlete’s record, and thus change the IRL.

Second, any player who is placed on a provisional status (improving test scores or completing coursework) needs to have the recruiting college or university request an update to his record so that he can actually pass the Clearinghouse requirements.

Finally, any player who is in processing through the Clearinghouse needs to make sure that ALL records regarding his schooling are forwarded to the Clearinghouse prior to a final certification by the Clearinghouse. Send any identified student paperwork and diagnosis information; send all unofficial transcripts (an official and final transcript will generate a final certification by the Clearinghouse); send the kitchen sink if you think it will help.

The Clearinghouse does not update student-athlete files just because a student-athlete does something that should institute a change. Requesting an update, placing a student-athlete on an IRL, or generating new information (such as test scores) should automatically generate a change in the student-athlete’s NCAA Clearinghouse record. Some other actions that could change a student-athlete’s Clearinghouse status include: identification for special services, addition of standardized testing scores, and graduation or completion of coursework.

I also previously mentioned that even the “lost cause” student-athletes have an opportunity to clear the Clearinghouse. Depending upon the specific student-athlete’s situation, several options become open to him. Players can repeat required coursework in summer school in order to replace or average a low grade, take additional coursework through a local community college that would count toward high school credits (such as a remedial level English or mathematics course), or attend community college (on a part-time enrollment basis) in order to accumulate credits that would allow him to be considered under transfer status. In some cases, student-athletes are allowed to take or complete coursework POST-high school graduation:
If you are missing one or more core courses after high-school graduation, you must return to your high school during its regular academic year to take any missing courses and you can’t enroll in a Division I college until the following year. For Division I, you may also retake any core course during that additional year at the same high school and substitute the new grade earned in that repeated year to recalculate your grade-point average.

Source: NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete 2004-05
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