The Committee on Educational Planning, Policies and Programs of the Board of Governors discussed academics and admissions for UNC-system athletics at the end of its Thursday meeting.
The number of student-athletes who met minimum admissions standards across the system fell slightly in 2014-15, and the changes for specific standards varied by sport. Men's basketball increased for both incoming GPA and SAT, football increased for GPA but decreased for SAT and women's basketball decreased on both measures.
Board member Marty Kotis said he was worried about a large gap in SAT scores between athletes and non-athletes, especially at UNC-Chapel Hill.
"I'm finding it pretty challenging to understand," he said referring to how athletes can keep up with hours of practice per week along with school if they're starting out with low scores.
Chancellor Carol Folt urged him to look at the broader picture.
"SATs are notoriously biased," she said.
Kate Henz, associate vice president for academic policy, planning and analysis for the UNC system, said every system school met the NCAA's academic progress rate in 2014-15 for the first time in more than five years.
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Timothy Gallimore, assistant vice president for academic planning and state authorization for the UNC system, discussed the possibility of North Carolina joining the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements program.