June 20, 2012
GREENSBORO, NC – The member institutions of the Atlantic Coast Conference continue to rank high in the latest report card on the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR). League teams are among the high percentage of athletic teams at Division I colleges and universities that meet standards and excel academically.
The Academic Progress Rate, a multi-year rate based on the most recent four years of data, is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. The most recent APR scores are based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years. This year marks the eighth year of APR data for most teams.
The Division I Board of Directors last fall approved tougher academic standards, including setting a new standard that teams must meet to participate in postseason competition. The goal of the NCAA’s academic performance program is improvement, not punishment. Not only does the program ensure accountability for student-athletes, teams and institutions, but also it provides fairness by considering individual circumstances per team and school. Under the revised penalty structure, the Division I Board of Directors has set a cut score of 900 (out of 1,000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face possible sanctions. No sports from any ACC institutions are subject to penalties from this year’s APR release.
ACC Highlights include:
- Despite rising academic standards, ACC teams continue to build upon their success in the classroom.
- 8 of 12 ACC baseball teams have an improved APR from last year (10 of 12 above Division I average)
- 5 of 12 ACC men’s basketball teams have an improved APR from last year (8 of 12 above Division I average)
- 7 of 12 ACC women’s basketball teams stayed consistent or improved its APR from last year (8 of 12 above Division I average)
- 10 of 12 ACC football teams have an improved APR from last year (7 of 12 above Division I average)
- • No sports from any ACC institutions are subject to penalties from this year’s APR release.