on information received from the Patterson School, the NCAA has
determined that grades, graduation and core courses from the Patterson
School may be used in the NCAA initial eligibility process.
identifying irregularities in some of the academic information
submitted to the NCAA for student-athletes from the Patterson School,
the NCAA determined that additional information was needed before a
final decision could be made regarding its status in the initial
eligibility process. The issues identified centered on irregular grade
patterns during enrollment at the Patterson School.
a part of the review process, the NCAA sent a letter to the Patterson
School on August 16, 2006, requesting specific information. Once all
information necessary to continue the review was provided on November
30, 2006 an in-person visit to the Patterson School was scheduled. The
visit was conducted on January 21, 2007 and a decision regarding the
status of the school was provided to the Patterson School on January
no time was the Patterson School placed on a ‘not cleared’ list;
rather, the NCAA had specific areas of concern that the school needed
is important to note that ensuring NCAA student-athletes are
academically prepared before admission is a shared responsibility.
Colleges and universities need to continue to make admissions decisions
based on the academic demands of their respective institutions.
in Divisions I and II, based on concerns raised on how certain
prospective student-athletes were gaining their NCAA eligibility,
adopted legislation to provide for the review of high school and
individual prospective student-athlete records in the initial
review of high schools in this process is an ongoing effort and future
irregularities could result in further review. In addition, as part of
the initial eligibility process, if irregularities exist in an
individual prospective student-athlete’s record, that student-athlete’s
record may be reviewed and invalidated.”