Taking online courses may affect sports eligibility

Posted at: 11/21/2012 9:58 PM
Updated at: 11/21/2012 10:18 PM
By: Joe Vigil, KOB Eyewitness News 4

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has uncovered some concerns about New Mexico high school students possibly not being eligible to play Division I college sports because of online courses students are taking.

The NCAA wants interaction between teachers and students. Officials with one local charter school said if a high school student is taking an online course without a teacher present, that student might not get the credits necessary to play Division I sports.

Scott Glasrud, the Head Administrator with the Southwest Secondary Learning Center charter school, said the NCAA wants a teacher available in the room if an online student can't figure out a problem. Those potential Division I athletes working without a teacher in the room could face issues.

"If you don't do what the NCAA is asking, then students who attend your school could not go out and play Division I interscholastic athletics," said Glasrud.

He said it's not just Southwest Secondary. Glasrud said two students at the charter school who've been offered Division I spots are impacted. He said a number of teachers are in the room to help online students, but says the school must now prove that to the NCAA.

Glasrud said other New Mexico schools, and thousands around the country, will deal with the rule change. He said the new rules do not impact admission to college. The new rules apply only to Division I colleges. Back in April, Albuquerque Public Schools put out a press release indicating that it's online courses have been approved the by NCAA, meaning those courses count toward core class requirements for potential Division I and Division II athletes.