The Southern Conference ranked among the nation’s top performers in Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores released by the National Collegiate
Athletics Association on Tuesday (June 11).
Eight Southern Conference sports (football, men’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s indoor track & field, women’s outdoor track & field and women’s tennis) ranked in the top 10 in Division I based upon their four-year averages.
The NCAA’s APR scores released Tuesday are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.
The APR report is part of the NCAA’s overall Division I academic reform effort. Southern Conference men’s basketball posted a four-year average of 965, which ranks seventh nationally. Football has a four-year average of 960, which is fifth nationally and third in the Football Championship Subdivision.
The 965 in men’s basketball mirrors the sport’s score from a year ago, while football teams improved on their 958 APR in 2011.
Women’s basketball ranked eighth nationally among all Division I leagues with a 980 score. Women’s cross country posted the best APR in the conference with a score of 992 and was ranked sixth nationally.
Women’s tennis was close behind with a four-year average of 989. Men’s cross country earned the highest score on the men’s side with a mark of 984. The Southern Conference posted a single-year APR of 982 in 2012, which ranked third among FCS conferences and fifth out of 31 Division I leagues.
Last week, 40 SoCon teams were honored with the Public Recognition Award, given to programs ranking in the top 10 percent of APR scores within their respective sports.
ABOUT THE APR·
The Academic Progress Rate is a real-time measure of eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team, which has been shown to predict later graduation success.·
The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10,
2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.·
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. That cut score will increase to 930 in a few years. An APR of 930 projects a 50-percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR).·
The goal of academic reform is improvement, not punishment. Not only does academic reform ensure accountability for student-athletes, teams and institutions, but also it provides fairness by considering individual circumstances per team and school. · This year marks the eight year of APR data for most teams. The APR is a multi-year rate based on the most recent four years of data.