Southern has cleared its first hurdle in academically certifying its student-athletes to the NCAA’s satisfaction.
The Jaguars received notice from the NCAA earlier this week that the Academic Progress Rates data they submitted last week were complete and met NCAA requirements.
The submission of the forms is normally a routine matter, but Southern’s submission of unusable data in the past led to an 18-month NCAA postseason ban for all Jaguars programs, which was lifted May 15.
So as a result of Southern’s probationary status, the NCAA had to approve the submission before the university could proceed with supplying Academic Performance Program information by Sept. 28, a deadline which must be met by all NCAA members. That information will be used to evaluate the student-athletes’ Academic Progress Rates’ for the 2014-15 academic year in all 15 Jaguars athletics programs.
The approval of the forms indicates that the new system for recording and submitting data that Southern instituted in the wake of its probation adheres to NCAA requirements.
The NCAA said “a sampling of certification forms submitted recently appear to be correct.”
“The institution was reminded that it has additional required actions to complete during the probationary status,” the NCAA added.
The APR data will be evaluated on a program-by-program basis and the NCAA will issue its annual updated numbers on all schools next spring.
Jaguars interim athletic director Roman Banks credited a “broad-based initiative” and “the collaborative efforts of the Academic Task Force” for developing “a sustainable process for providing accurate and usable certification data.”