Monday, May 5, 2014
Last week, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced that it would longer accept coursework from 24 virtual schools affiliated with K12 Inc. to establish a student's eligibility to play college sports. K12 Inc. is the nation's largest for-profit provider of virtual K-12 education. The NCAA did not elaborate on what problems it saw with K12's curriculum, but judging from K12's response, the NCAA apparently objected to low amounts of student-teacher interaction. The NCAA said that it would review coursework from K12 schools that was completed in 2013-14 on an extended evaluation basis. Jeff Kwitowski, K12’s senior vice president of corporate communications responded that the NCAA's standards around nontraditional courses are “vague” and the review process is “unclear,” leaving “schools to only guess what passes NCAA’s eligibility test." The NCAA's eligibility announcement is here. Forbes thinks that the NCAA got it wrong here.