Academic Requirements & Eligibility: Tougher standards or not?

Big East university presidents voted 13-3 in November to stop enrolling first-year athletes who do not meet the NCAA’s initial eligibility standards coming out of high school. There are no exceptions, which is a major change from Big East guidelines issued a year ago. The Big East became the fourth Bowl Championship Series league to stop enrolling non-qualifiers, joining the Pacific-10, the Big 12 and the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Big Ten has no league-wide rule keeping non-qualifiers out. The Southeastern Conference allows for a limited number of exceptions spread across all teams at an institution.