"We need to step up and make a number of significant changes," said NCAA president Mark Emmert.
Emmert said the NCAA plans to raise the minimum GPA and test guidelines for incoming student athletes. He said they also plan to increase the Academic Progress Rate (APR) for all teams, and if teams fail to meet those higher standards, they would be barred from postseason play including the NCAA basketball tournament.
"It's very realistic," Emmert said when asked about the potential postseason ban. "And it will happen very quickly, meaning this year."
The group of presidents has also discussed how to better compensate student athletes. Though outright paying players is off the table, Emmert said they are looking into allowing some conferences the chance to pass along more money to players to cover school-related costs that go beyond existing scholarships.
Though some are concerned about the big conferences gaining a greater recruiting advantage, IUPUI chancellor Dr. Charles Bantz said that advantage already exists.
"People are spending on facilities, a great deal of money, and so the question I think we're going to talk through is do we say that certain conferences would have the ability to spend some of those resources on student athletes within the cost of attendance," Bantz said.
In the wake of major rules scandals like the one within the Ohio State football program and others that have made headlines this year. Emmert says the NCAA also wants to streamline the rule book. By eliminating some of the minor violations, the group believes they will be able to focus on bigger investigations and increase penalties for the biggest rule breakers.
"I would say coaches, athletes, and boosters should be afraid now if they are going to go out and break any rules," said Graham Spanier, president of Penn State University.
The NCAA is also streamlining how it makes these changes. The group of presidents plans to vote on many of the proposals when they meet again in October. The rest will be taken up when the group meets a few months later. Most of the new rules would begin taking effect as soon as they are approved.