ACC Teams Meeting the Mark in NCAA APR

June 11, 2010

The NCAA’s APR report cards are in and it is good news for ACC teams.

The conference’s teams are among the vast majority of sports teams at Division I colleges and universities which are meeting the mark in the classroom, according to the latest NCAA Academic Progress Rates released Wednesday.

  • The average of ACC teams exceeded 948 in each ACC-sponsored sport, with 20 sports averaging 970 or better
  • No ACC team was given a scholarship reduction
  • All 12 ACC teams were above 925 APR in baseball
  • All 12 ACC teams were above 925 APR in football
  • All 12 ACC teams were above 925 APR in women’s basketball
  • Ten of 12 ACC teams were above 925 APR in men’s basketball

The overall multi-year Division I APR is 967, up three points from last year. In the high-profile sports, football’s average four-year APR is 944, up five points over last year; men’s basketball is 940, up seven points; and baseball is 954, up eight points.

Each Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below 925 out of 1,000 can face penalties, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice and competition. Rates are based on the past four years’ performance.

The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years.

Each scholarship student-athlete may earn one point for being eligible and one point for retention per semester for a total of four points per academic year. The total points are then divided by the number of potential points each team could have earned. That percentage is then multiplied by 1000 to provide each team with its APR. As mentioned, the NCAA has established 925 as the cut-off mark. Any team below that standard may be subject to penalties.

Currently, an APR score of 925 predicts an approximately 50 percent GSR. An APR of 900 – the threshold for more severe penalties over time -- currently predicts an approximately 40 percent GSR.