Texas Tech Expert Addresses Educational Fears in Light of NCAA High School Requirement

Qualified educational choices exist for student athletes.

As part of its continuing crackdown on fraudulent preparatory schools, the NCAA passed legislation last week designed to prevent high-school athletes with low grades from taking fluff courses at diploma mills to increase their chances of playing college sports.

However, thousands of high-school athletes can attend legitimate preparatory schools, including Texas Tech University Independent School District, said Supt. Gib Weaver.

Weaver, a sports official for football, basketball and baseball for 25 years, can discuss how programs such as TTUISD offer non-traditional education without sacrificing quality.

Last year, various news reports detailed how some athletes had used transcripts from bogus private schools to help shore up their grade-point averages and qualify for major-college sports programs.
Several college sports officials believe the NCAA’s new legislation could lead many poor-performing high school athletes to consider attending junior colleges instead of preparatory schools.

Students who successfully complete full-time curriculum at schools such at TTUISD will meet NCAA requirements. Students can enroll anytime and have six months to finish their courses at their own pace with no need for traveling to a community college campus, and courses can fit in to the student’s schedule. Many courses are online; the rest are print-based, through fax, e-mail and postal mail.

CONTACT: Gib Weaver, supt. of Texas Tech University Independent School District, (806) 742-7200, ext. 266, or gilbert.weaver@ttu.edu.