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May 31, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / Economic Conditions Top Concern in Fannie Mae Survey Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Consumer attitudes about housing diminished somewhat last month as economic worries weighed on their minds, according to new survey results.In its latest monthly National Housing Survey, Fannie Mae found 57 percent of Americans still believe the economy is on the wrong track, flat from April’s survey. Meanwhile, 38 percent said the economy is on the right path, up from 35 percent in the last survey but still down from last year’s highs.Despite that gain in confidence, fewer respondents in the May survey expect their own financial situation to improve over the next year as household incomes show little improvement.Further, economic conditions remain a top concern among consumers who believe now is a bad time to buy or sell a home, said Doug Duncan, chief economist at Fannie Mae.”While recent housing activity suggests that the worst of the housing slump may be behind us, this caution among consumers supports our expectation that the rebound in home sales will likely be too modest to pull sales for all of 2014 ahead of last year,” Duncan said.Survey responses on housing suggest consumers might be taking greater notice of current market trends. As home price increases slow to a more moderate pace, the share of respondents who said prices will continue to rise over the next year fell to less than half, while the share expecting declines rose slightly to 7 percent.Overall, the average 12-month price change expectation was 2.9 percent, flat from April.Meanwhile, the number of respondents expecting mortgage rates to make any meaningful change—up or down—over the next year fell, while the share of Americans who believe it would be easy to get a mortgage today climbed up to 49 percent. The latter measure has alternated up and down each month since the start of the year. Consumer Confidence Economic Conditions Fannie Mae National Housing Survey 2014-06-09 Tory Barringer The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Economic Conditions Top Concern in Fannie Mae Survey Tagged with: Consumer Confidence Economic Conditions Fannie Mae National Housing Survey Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Fitch: RMBS Delinquency Not Indicative of Trend Next: HUD Reaches Settlement with Seattle Apartment Complex June 9, 2014 738 Views Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more

May 12, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Learners firstOn 1 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today New research shows that rather than a series of top-down interventions, theindividual needs of the learner should sit at the heart of any trainingstrategy. Margaret Kubicek looks at what this means for developmentprofessionals and their relationships with the boardAfter years of feeling that it does not have enough influence at boardlevel, the training profession could finally be on the verge of a breakthrough.This is the feedback from research by the Chartered Institute of Personneland Development (CIPD). Business forces driving today’s fast-paced,change-dominated workplace, such as the global marketplace and increasinglysavvy customers, are pushing training up the corporate agenda, and a growingnumber of organisations are placing training at the heart of their overallcorporate strategies, according to Martyn Sloman, adviser in learning, trainingand development for the CIPD. “Competition today is about people,” says Sloman. “Newbusiness forces demand a different approach to the development of people.”This new approach identified by Sloman shifts training from a top-downintervention to learning which focuses on the individual and team as an ongoingprocess. Training is no longer a passive provider of programmes, but astrategic planner of learning solutions based on a thorough understanding ofthe organisation and its business objectives. Responsibility has shifted fromthe training department to the individual – supported and coached by their linemanager. Zurich Financial Services’ corporate and government business was featured inthe CIPD research. “There had been a tendency in the past for people to sit down, usuallyaround an annual appraisal, decide what their development needs were, and thenfor the individual to sit back and wait for the training to be done tothem,” says Zurich’s head of learning and development Ian Canning. Competency frameworkThe company introduced a competency framework as the backbone of itsprogramme of culture change nearly two years ago – identifying five keybehaviours integral to performance at Zurich. Known by the acronym ‘friedrice’, they are ‘fast-moving, results-driven, innovative, customer-centred andengaging’. “We now have 20 per cent of an individual’s overall performancedetermined by how they live the five behaviours,’ says Canning. More specialised competency frameworks are in place for each role at Zurich,and the company is promoting a coaching style for line managers. It rebrandedits training and development function as learning and development – in recognition,according to Canning, that for many employees, training equals courses. The use of such competency frameworks is a key feature of the progressivetraining organisation, according to the CIPD study. So, too, is a culture ofcoaching among line managers and the modularisation of training, with today’scourses becoming ever shorter. Even e-learning – despite its over-hyped debut on the training scene a fewyears ago – has an enabling role to play in this flexible, individualisedlearning approach, according to Sloman. For Marks & Spencer, coaching has been by far the most critical activityin effecting culture change. Over a two-year period, the retailer hasimplemented a programme of coaching right down the line – from executivecoaching for senior managers to section supervisors in store. Sally-Ann Huson, knowledge and intellectual property director at peopledevelopment consultancy TMI, says tools such as balanced scorecard, coachingand mentoring are growing in popularity, while traditional courses are on thewane. ‘The practical courses now tend to be no more than three days, simplybecause people can’t be released from their positions for longer,” shesays. TMI operates an approach for clients called ‘Take 90’ in which delegates popout of work to attend learning rather than take an entire day or more out ofthe office. “It’s a 90-minute, short, sharp input that’s very practicallyfocused,” says Huson. “It’s not about miracles in 90 minutes, this isreally about offering a highly focused piece of learning.” The tools may have been with us for years. What’s new is how someorganisations are employing them as a means of encouraging individuals – andtheir line managers – to take responsibility for their own learning. Simon Cutler, learning and development manager for Dunlop Aerospace,believes the line managers’ facilitating role should be heightened. “A training manager in my capacity cannot facilitate alllearning,” he says. “Part of managers’ competencies and skill setsshould be that they help review and develop their workforce. It shouldn’t be,‘that’s an HR issue – we’ll give it to them’. There needs to be a collectiveapproach.” Helen Cairns, business manager of HR, training and development forDunfermline Building Society, agrees. “You need line managers’ buy-inbecause they need to give the individual the time to learn,” she says. Experiment The key ingredients for success of any learning, says Cairns, are “acommitted training team willing to experiment with different ways of delivering,delegates who want to involve themselves and a supportive line manager”. With learning set to be a source of competitive advantage for today’sorganisation, training managers need to start thinking about broadening theirown skill set to keep apace with the changing times. Sloman says: “Generally, there is an emerging consensus on the role ofthe training function. It will become more demanding and more varied.” Gill Rudge, head of HR for finance and property at Marks & Spencer,says: “A couple of years ago I would have said that facilitation was a keyskill. It still is, but training managers need to be able to formulateprogrammes very quickly, and this ties in with increased modularisation. To dothat, training managers need to increase their analytical skills.” Vanessa Rhone, an occupational psychologist for behavioural specialist OPP,believes training managers skilled in the use of tools such as 360-degreefeedback and personality testing will be capable of more sophisticateddevelopment planning. She also cites “higher-level influencingskills” to support board-level interactions. “The training manager’s job used to be to get training on theagenda,” says Rhone. “Now the tables have turned and a lot of seniormanagers are pushing for development themselves and for their teams. Theimportance now is to get them to go for the right sort of development.” Without question, however, as training becomes more aligned with corporateobjectives, training managers need to step out from their technical roles toensure they are in tune with the business. “You have got to understand the dynamics within the business and beable to talk their language,” says Canning. “Senior management will recognisefrom a development point of view that we have skills to bring to the table. Butif you don’t understand enough about the dynamics of the marketplace, from acredibility view it will be difficult to gain access and influence,” shewarns. StrategySloman sets out a shift in thinkingGlobalisation, ever more confident consumers, continuing advances ininformation technology, a government minded towards deregulation: these are thepowerful forces shaping today’s workplace. It has led to a shift in the way organisations develop their people,according to Martyn Sloman, adviser in learning, training and development forthe Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and author ofTraining in the Age of the Learner, published by the organisation. “Capable and committed people have become the critical source ofcompetitive advantage,” says Sloman. “Emphasis must be shifted fromtraining as a series of top-down interventions to focus on individuallearning.” He charts the shift in his new book and he’s also written a CIPD changeagenda, Focus on the Learner, featuring case studies of 12 progressiveorganisations. “The findings from the project revealed that organisations feel it ispossible to move from a position where they expect training to be delivered tothem, to one where individuals will take responsibility for their own knowledgeand skills development,” he says. “Although the emphasis varied across the organisations, threeactivities seemed to be high on everyone’s list. First, line managers beingexpected to act as coaches and receiving training to ensure they had therequisite coaching skills; second, an increased emphasis on competencyframeworks; and third, efforts to deliver training in a more modular form. These three together could be said to be the focus of current attention andaction.” Progressive organisations are those which embrace learning as a source ofcompetitive advantage, whose senior managers have bought into the value of whatSloman calls “trainer’s nirvana” – a new take on that old adage ‘ourpeople are our greatest asset’. “The aim is to create an organisation composed of self-confidentindividuals who are seeking to acquire the requisite knowledge and skills toenable them to meet customer/client requirements and advance the organisation’sgoals and objectives. “What we’ve been good at in the past is saying the right things,”he says. “For example, ‘the learning organisation’ was a greataspirational statement, but it wasn’t grounded in reality.” What’s new are the business drivers, which are making senior managers morereceptive than ever to the learning agenda. “We have a golden window ofopportunity that’s never been there before,” says Sloman. Stay ahead – The CIPD change agenda, Focus on the Learner, is availablefree on the CIPD website www.cipd.co.uk Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

January 1, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin on Wednesday will take part in the Agency of Transportation’s ‘Safety Day’ events, which include a golf cart texting course, a vehicle rollover crash display, and more. Date: May 18, 2011Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.Location: The National Life campus; Montpelier The day will be filled with safety demonstrations, exhibits, information and presentations, reminding employees and the public that safety is integral VTrans’ mission, and also the responsibility of every individual to be informed and to stay ‘focused of safety.’  Initiated by Vtrans employees, and working in partnership with partner Agencies from the Governor’s Highway Safety program to Department of Public Safety, the day will feature demonstrations throughout the National Life campus, as well as activities to education and inform, including: Golf Cart Texting Course:  On the top deck of the parking garage (the end nearest the building) will be an obstacle course set up for drivers to navigate utilizing a golf cart.  Drivers will navigate the course both with, and without, trying to text a predetermined message on their cell phone.  This course has been successfully used throughout the state in recent years and is intended to demonstrate the dangers associated with texting while driving.  The course will be available all day, but is weather dependant. Driving Simulator:  The VT Police Academy will be providing the driving simulator used by the academy to train law enforcement officials in various types of real life driving scenarios.  The simulator is housed in a trailer which will be available for you to participate in (or just observe) on the top deck of the garage. Rollover Display:  The Rollover is a real life simulation of a vehicle in a rollover crash.  It is a reminder of the tragic outcome that is often realized when a passenger in an automobile is unbuckled during a crash.  Members of the law enforcement community will be with us throughout the day to provide this demonstration.  The demonstration will be located on the top deck of the parking garage, and is weather dependant. Car Seat Safety Check:  We are pleased that several child car seat specialists will be joining us to inspect child car seats and their installation.  There will be a table with information set up in the North Lobby and the safety seat checks will take place on the top deck of the parking garage (the end farthest from the building).  The inspections will be on a first come first serve basis and it will be a ‘drive through’ model.  Simply drive up and park at the inspection station.  There will be enough space to accommodate 2 or 3 cars at a time. Motorcycle Safety:  The Department of Motor Vehicles will be here to discuss the ins and outs of motorcycle safety.  Their exhibit will be located on the top deck of the parking garage, and will be staffed throughout the day.  If the weather turns bad, this exhibit will be moved to the 4th floor of the parking garage. Fire Extinguisher Training:  The OPS Safety Section will be using a fire extinguisher simulator to offer training on how to use a fire extinguisher.  This training will benefit you in your home or in the office environment.  This training will be offered throughout the day on a first come first serve basis, and will be located on the top deck of the parking garage.  If the weather turns bad, this training will move to the 4th floor of the parking garage. Poisonous Plants:  The OPS Environmental Section will have an exhibit on the top deck of the parking garage to show and discuss different types of poisonous plants that you many encounter when working in the field.  They will be available to answer questions and offer advice.  If the weather turns bad, this exhibit will move to the 4th floor of the parking garage. Each year nearly 80 people are killed and several hundred people are severely injured in thousands of highway crashes throughout the state.  These crashes can be avoided.  Poor choices on the highway are the leading cause of crashes.last_img read more

December 30, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgHickory Nut Gorge State Park has released its master plan, a long-term vision for the state park that sits on the edge of Lake Lure, 30 minutes east of Asheville, N.C. The park is most famous for Chimney Rock, a distinctive rock outcropping and massive cliff band that was operated as a privately owned tourist attraction before being turned into a state park in 2005. Today, the 4,531-acre state park not only includes Chimney Rock, but the popular climbing destination of Rumbling Bald and thousands of acres of backcountry. The master plan includes the creation of new day access areas at Rumbling Bald along with new hiking trails around the cliffs and boulders, a brand new 15-mile backpacking trail that circumnavigates the park, and at least 10 miles of purpose-built singletrack for mountain bikers.Click here to read the executive summary of the master planlast_img read more

December 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img continue reading » There’s a new kind of fraudster out to steal credit union members’ financial information – and they may not even possess the electronics expertise or computer savviness of a typical cybercriminal. In fact, they can be anyone.Modern technology has made it easy for anyone to become a fraudster. Skimming devices, in particular, are becoming more widely available on the dark web for the average criminal to buy. The thieves discreetly place these fake card readers on point-of-sale (POS) machines, most commonly ATMs and gas station pumps, to steal credit and debit card numbers, PIN numbers and other account data from unassuming consumers when they use their cards.Experienced fraudsters are manufacturing these skimming devices and selling them on the black market. They’re also providing free and searchable online access to forums, video tutorials and other instructional guides to entice others to use these devices, as well as advice on how to commit fraud online (such as spamming) and circumvent security measures.Skimming devices have also become more inconspicuous and accommodating for capturing card data. Many of them are smaller in size and can be mounted in various positions on ATMs and gas pump machines, and can even fit inside the card reader. They also contain less metal parts and a larger memory, as well as lithium batteries for extended recording times. Additionally, they have wireless Bluetooth or mobile capabilities. This means that the fraudster can simply download the stolen data from the device and does not need to return to retrieve the equipment. Wireless technology keeps the fraudster out of sight from security cameras and reduces the risk of getting caught. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

September 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgDamen Shiprepair Oranjewerf (DSO) of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, recently completed extensive conversion of the sand barge Kreeft.The sand barge – which is owned by Boskalis – spent last three months at DSO undergoing major works in preparation for her next project.As Damen reported, the 96-meter by 12.5-meter barge has been active for many years, and the first order of business was extensive repair work on her double-plated hull. The inspection revealed that part of the hull required repair or replacement.The second stage of the project was to give the barge new capabilities, in this case the ability to manoeuvre independently when being on site. This required the fitting of a bow thruster and all the associated systems.To achieve this, a generator room was created inside the forepeak space. There, two generators and pumps for handling the cargo compartment were installed along with all the necessary pipework and electrical components and cabling, plus connections to the bow thruster itself.A range of deck and hold modifications were also made, including adding a drainage system in the hold with a pump connection overboard.“This was a major undertaking and involved a wide range of skills,” said Jeen van der Werf, commercial manager at Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf. “With the works completed and with over 50 tonnes of steel added or replaced, the entire barge was blasted and repainted, leaving her looking as good as new.”After the completion of project, the Kreeft left DSO and was towed to the land reclamation project currently taking place in North Amsterdam. This requires a total of 15,000,000m³ of sand to be transported to the site and offloaded, and so involves the support of many barges.last_img read more

September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgGumel who is also a member of the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and not new to the dynamics of international statutes said he was aware of the sensitive task given to the NOC to resolve the matter. “The NOC is mindful of the task given to it by the world basketball governing body, FIBA to wade into the internal wrangling in the Nigeria Basketball Federation, (NBBF). We will do everything possible to amicably resolve the impasse before the November 30, 2017 deadline.”Gumel who opened up after a reception held for the victorious Nigerian women basketball team, D’Tigress for winning the 2017 FIBA Women Afrobasket assured Nigerians that NOC will not disappoint Nigerians who are looking up to it to do the right thing. “The NOC will not disappoint Nigerians but will do everything within its powers for an amicable resolution of the matter within the NBBF so as to avert FIBA sanctions.”The former volleyball federation president however admitted that the leadership of NOC and the Sports Ministry was yet to meet with any of the parties in the dispute.“We are working on it. We have up till November to resolve all the issues and we are on it. The fact that we have not met with any of the parties in the dispute doesn’t mean that we are not mindful of FIBA’s order. We will resolve everything before the November deadline,” Gumel assured.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), will soon begin the process of dispute resolution between the Tijjani Umar and Musa Kida led boards after basketball world governing body, FIBA, mandated it to ensure peace return to the administration of basketball in Nigeria before November 30. FIBA through its General Secretary, Patrick Baumann, in a letter addressed to both parties said failure for an amicable resolution between Umar who was elected in Kano on June 12 and Kida in Abuja on June 13 will see it resort to wielding the big stick including sanctions.But t Habu Gumel, the president of the NOC, which is the only body recognised by the international body to resolve the matter broke silence in Abuja stating that the process for the resolution of the dispute will soon commence even as the NOC was aware of the threat by FIBA. He expressed hope that the NOC will not fold its arm and allow the world basketball body ban Nigeria.last_img read more

August 29, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgJuventus have reached an agreement with Chelsea over a deal for Maurizio Sarri, according to Sky in Italy.No official confirmation has yet been received from Chelsea but Sarri is expected to sign a three-year deal to become the new boss of the Serie A champions on Friday.Juve announced in late May head coach Massimiliano Allegri would be leaving the club but the level of compensation for Sarri had held up his return to Italy.That problem appears to have been overcome, however, with Chelsea expected to receive more than £5m, potentially leaving the way clear for Derby manager Frank Lampard to return to Stamford Bridge.Derby have not yet received any approach for their manager, Sky Sports News understands, although Lampard had stated he would discuss his future with the Rams after they failed to beat Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final.Whoever does replace Sarri will not be able to sign any new players, as things stand, with Chelsea having appealed against their two-window transfer ban imposed by FIFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The Europa League champions were sanctioned in February for breaching rules regarding the signing of U18 foreign players, but were unsuccessful in their appeal to FIFA in May.Chelsea will start their 2019/20 Premier League campaign with a game against Manchester United at Old Trafford, after the fixtures were released on Thursday morning.last_img read more

August 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgReal Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has claimed the winner of the Fifa Ballon d’Or has already been decided, amidst talk of a conspiracy that “the heads of football” have campaigned for Lionel Messi.The Barcelona forward is the current favourite to win the individual accolade for a third successive year but will have to oust team-mate Andres Iniesta and Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, both of whom also made the final three-man shortlist.When quizzed on his attacker’s chances of winning the award after Madrid’s 4-1 Champions League win over Ajax on Tuesday, Mourinho replied: “The Ballon d’Or has already been given.“When the heads of football speak and make the campaign, there is nothing you can do.”He then reflected on his side’s victory over the Dutch champions, which saw them qualify for the knockout stages of the competition, through goals from Ronaldo, Jose Callejon and Kaka but was that not enough to see them claim top spot in Group D.“We have to respect everyone. Last year we broke the record of points in the group stage, and in this year’s group of death have been second,” he said. “We wanted to be first but it has not been possible.”And when questioned on the possibility of switching to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, Mourinho joked: “They say I’m going to Paris? And the Spanish press announces [on Tuesday] that [Carlo] Ancelotti will go to Real.“Maybe we’ll have an exchange between the two clubs. But Paris would be a good destination for … our next Champions League game?”last_img read more

August 12, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgby Michael MarotINDIANAPOLIS (AP)—NCAA President Mark Emmert expects athletes at historically Black colleges and universities to make the grade—and he’s willing to help after seeing the results of the latest Academic Progress Rates. The NCAA banned Jackson State and Southern of the Southwestern Athletic Conference from postseason play in football next season and did the same thing for Southern and Grambling in men’s basketball, citing poor classroom performance by all three schools and a host of others in the SWAC and Mid-Eastern Athletic conferences.The SWAC does not get an automatic bid to the NCAA’s FCS playoffs, but its own conference title game could be affected.The NCAA released the penalties May 24. Southern became the first school to be banned from the postseason in two sports in the same year—football and men’s basketball—because of academic performance.“You’re right that there are a number of historically Black colleges and universities that have been penalized, especially through the postseason ban,” Emmert said. “We are concerned about that, have met with those institutions to help them develop ways for improvement and to help provide resources to help them be successful.”The impact of the penalties could swing the balance of power in the SWAC and MEAC, both comprised of HBCUs, and both of which get automatic bids to the NCAA basketball tourneys, too.The numbers are striking: The NCAA evaluated more than 340 schools for the APR report but only 24 of them—about 7 percent of the total—are considered historically Black colleges or universities.Yet of the 58 harshest penalties handed out this year, fully half went to teams in these two conferences.SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp told NCAA.org that turnover in school staff—including school presidents—has hurt academic performance of athletes.Whatever the explanation, the SWAC must now decide whether to let Jackson State and Southern play in its football championship should they advance, and whether to allow Southern and Grambling to compete in the men’s basketball tournament. If either were to win the championship, the league could lose its automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.“We don’t have a firm timeline,” Assistant Commissioner for Communications Tom Galbraith said. “Our conference meetings aren’t until the first week of June, and I wouldn’t expect anything finalized before that time.”Southern University released a statement from the office of Chancellor Kofi Lomotey saying that the latest APR report “sends a clear message that we must and will improve; and the process has already begun.”The statement said that Southern officials have spent several months meeting with NCAA representatives, educators and others to work on strategies to “quickly address and correct some behaviors that have landed Southern University in this unenviable position.”The plan includes a system to track athletes’ classroom performance and a greater emphasis on academic counseling.The 10-member SWAC has a long and storied football tradition thanks in large part to three powerhouse programs—Grambling, Jackson State and Southern.Coach Eddie Robinson spent 56 seasons as Grambling’s coach and sent a long list of players to the NFL. The most notable may have been quarterback Doug Williams, the former Super Bowl who is coaching his alma mater for the second time.Jackson State, in Mississippi, produced one of the NFL’s greatest players, running back Walter Payton, along with Hall of Famers Jackie Slater and Lem Barney. And Southern’s alums include another NFL Hall of Famer, Mel Blount, as well as Philadelphia Eagles record-setting receiver Harold Carmichael and Arizona Cardinals defensive back Aeneas Williams.But it’s not just the bans that could hurt the competition in either league.Texas Southern, which played for last year’s SWAC football title, must give up nearly 15 football scholarships, while Jackson State lost half a dozen. Both of those schools will have their practice time reduced, too.The 13-member MEAC, is taking a similar hit, minus the bans.Delaware State is losing nine football scholarships, North Carolina A&T is losing three and both schools must contend with new practice limitations, too.The punishments could be just as debilitating—or more—in basketball.Coppin State will lose four scholarships, while Norfolk State is losing two. Those two schools, along with Morgan State, also face practice reductions.Also, Mississippi Valley State and Southern will each lose two scholarships in basketball. Grambling will have one scholarship taken away.In all, five schools in each league face penalties.Norfolk State Athletics Director Marty L. Miller said the Spartans’ APR performance was hurt by the loss of three players to transfers or other reasons.“We made every effort to assist them to remain in school, but could not resolve the reasons for their departure,” Miller said. “We will continue to address the transfer issue in order to eliminate the penalty status for the next reporting period.”What can be done?Walter Harrison, president at the University of Hartford, said the NCAA’s committee on academic performance is debating whether the supplementary support fund, which provides $1 million in grants to low-resource schools, is working the way it should or whether the NCAA can do more.To Emmert, though, the bottom line is simple. Every school can improve in the classroom.“You worry about the impact it (penalties) can have on any of those conferences, but the important thing is to promote the success of our student-athletes and that’s our desire to promote academic success,” he said. “It is also the case that we do need to be cognizant of the missions of HBCUs, which isn’t the same as all of our institutions. It’s asking them to complete their missions.”(AP Sports Writers David Brandt in Mississippi and Brett Martel in Louisiana also contributed to this report.) ON THE HOT SEAT—Southern University head coach Lyvonia “Stump” Mitchell yells to one of his players in the second half of the Bayou Classic NCAA college football game against Grambling State in New Orleans Nov. 27. Southern became the first school to get a postseason ban in two programs—men’s basketball and football—because of academics, the NCAA announced May 24. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) last_img read more