NCAA Clearinghouse Information

  • May independent-study, Internet and correspondence courses count as core courses?

    Yes, if the following four conditions are met (beginning August 1, 2010):

    Courses that are taught through distance learning, online, credit recovery, etc. need to be comparable in length, content and rigor to courses taught in a traditional classroom setting. Students may not skip lessons or test out of modules. The course must be four-year college preparatory.
    All course must include ongoing access between the instructor and student, as well as regular interaction for purposes of teaching, evaluating and providing assistance. This may include, for example, exchanging of e-mails between the student and the teacher, feedback on assignments, and the opportunity for the teacher to engage the student in individual instruction.
    Any course taken must have a defined time period for completion. For example, it should be clear whether the course is meant to be taken for an entire semester or during a more condensed time frame, such as six weeks, etc.
    Nontraditional courses should be clearly identified as such on the high school transcript.


    Nontraditional courses completed prior to August 1, 2010, will be reviewed under current NCAA standards.

    This information provided by Harriett Langford, Counselor/Support Team Specialist; Georgia Virtual School; Office of Instructional Technology Aug-2010