Indiana’s men’s basketball, men’s soccer, men’s golf and women’s tennis all won Academic Progress Report Public Recognition Awards for the 2011-12 school year, the NCAA announced Wednesday. Earning a public recognition award means posting a four-year APR score that is in the top 10 percent in the sport.
The award is of course, most significant for men’s basketball, because after Kelvin Sampson’s final year in 2007-08, the APR took such a hit that IU was penalized by the NCAA and had to forfeit a scholarship because of it. This year is the first year that none of Sampson’s years are included in the four-year RPI and all of the accounted for teams were Tom Crean’s squads. This will mark the third straight year that Indiana has posted a perfect 1000 for a single-year score.
The release from Indiana follows.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University Sweet Sixteen men’s basketball and national champion men’s soccer teams, along with the men’s golf and women’s tennis teams, are among an elite group of Division I sports teams being recognized for top academic performance as part of the NCAA’s academic reform program.
Based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates, these awards are given each year to teams that posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in their sports. The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention, and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.
The 976 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 594 women’s teams and 382 men’s or mixed squads. Full APRs for all teams, including access to postseason play and penalties for low-performing teams, will be released June 11.
“I want to congratulate the men’s basketball, men’s soccer, men’s golf and women’s tennis student-athletes for their outstanding work in the classroom, and commend head coaches TomCrean, Todd Yeagley, Mike Mayer and Lin Loringfor continuing to reinforce academic achievement as a top priority.” said IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass. “I’m particularly proud of the men’s basketball and men’s soccer programs for their academic achievements while competing at the top levels of their respective sports. All four of these teams made their NCAA tournaments this year and they are leading us into the next “golden age” of Indiana athletics.”
High-performing teams receiving public recognition awards this year posted APR scores ranging from 978 to a perfect 1,000. Men’s basketball, men’s golf and women’s tennis all had perfect multi-year rates of 1,000, while men’s soccer posted a rate of 993. Men’s golf and women’s tennis are repeat winners of the public recognition awards, as they also were recognized among last year’s winners.
“The NCAA’s quintessential student-athlete exhibits dedication and commitment both on the playing field and in the classroom,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. “These teams and programs truly embody the overall values of the NCAA, and have exceeded standards to post fantastic academic scores. We are delighted by such a clear example of our membership’s commitment to providing well-rounded experiences to student-athletes.”
A total of 268 schools, out of 346 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list.
Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-2012 academic years.
“We are very proud that these programs are being publicly commended on their outstanding academic achievement,” Glass added. “The academic success of these teams is typical of our programs, whose multi-year scores routinely exceed the NCAA acceptable minimum of 930 by a very large margin, thanks to the expectations set by their coaches, the support of our academic services unit, and the strong effort of the student-athletes themselves.”
2013 APR BACKGROUNDER
· The Academic Progress Rate 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 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 next year. An APR of 930 projects an approximately 50 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR).
· 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.
· This year marks the ninth year of APR data for most teams. The APR is a multi-year rate based on the most recent four years of data.
APR POSTSEASON REQUIREMENTS
· 2012-13 and 2013-14 postseasons: either 900 four-year average or 930 average over most recent two years
· 2014-15 postseason: either 930 four-year average or 940 average over most recent two years
· 2015-2016 postseason and beyond: 930 four-year average