ACC Makes Strong Showing In Latest APR Report

77 league teams recognized for academic progress, leading all major conferences

GREENSBORO, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference leads all Power 5 conferences with 77 teams among its current membership recognized in the latest report card on the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) released on Wednesday. 

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 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. This year marks the 10th year of APR data for most teams.

In the fall of 2011, the Division I Board of Directors 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 930 (out of 1,000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face possible sanctions. As was also the case a year ago, no sports from any ACC institutions are subject to penalties from this year’s APR release.

Despite rising academic standards, ACC member institutions continue to build upon their success in the class room. Highlights from the most report include:

-    Among its 2013-14 membership, the ACC’s 15 current schools had 77 combined teams recognized, the most from any Power 5 conference.
-    The ACC is one of only two of the Power 5 conferences to see all of its current members have at least one team recognized.
-    Four current football and four current men’s basketball teams were recognized from the ACC, the most of any Power 5 conference. In addition, the men’s basketball team from Louisville, which will join the ACC on July 1, 2014, was also recognized.
-    The ACC was one of only two of the Power 5 conferences to see all of its 2012-13 schools have at least one team recognized.
-    The ACC had the most football teams from its 2012-13 membership recognized among the Power 5 conferences (4), and tied for the most men’s basketball teams (2).

Leading the ACC’s 15 current member institutions receiving APR public recognition awards for 2012-13  were  Notre Dame with 15, Duke with 14, Boston College with 12, North Carolina with six, Miami and Virginia with five each, and Georgia Tech with four.