On Jan 3, 2023, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) today released its final report of the Division I Transformation Committee. The report provides recommendations to modernize Division I to more fully support current and future student-athletes.
Some of the changes already implemented allow Division I schools to:
Purchase medical insurance for student-athletes.
Provide complimentary admissions for student-athletes’ friends and family with fewer restrictions. Arrange for student-athletes to purchase tickets at face value.
Provide reasonable entertainment to student-athletes at any time.
Provide student-athletes meals and snacks at any time.
Use discretion in providing vacation expenses.
Allow student-athletes to rent dormitory space during the summer.
Provide preseason practice expenses for specific circumstances, such as international travel.
A handful of the recommendations include allowing Division I schools to:
Provide medical coverage for athletically related injuries for a minimum of two years following graduation or completion of athletics experience.
Offer degree completion funds within 10 years of separation to any student-athlete who was on full scholarship.
Attest that they provide academic support services to current student-athletes such as academic counseling and tutoring services.
Attest that they provide career counseling and life skills programming to student-athletes that include, at minimum, the following: Mental health; Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging; Campus sexual violence prevention; Transfer requirements; Strength and conditioning; Nutrition; Financial literacy; Career preparation; Name, image, and likeness.
As Twokin Consulting has experienced, student-athletes learn to be organized, to set goals, to track and measure improvement, and to be disciplined. A challenge that Twokin Consulting sees is - how does one forecast/model the financial implications of medical coverage once a student departs your institution. Similarly, it would be a challenge to offer a ten-year window for degree completion funds for any student who was on scholarship. Twokin Consulting can see the case of supporting a student-athlete who is a few classes short of graduating. Do you also need to support a student-athlete on full scholarship who leaves at the end of their first year and returns years later? The report did not offer any details on this case.
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