IU basketball’s multi-year APR score sees modest rise

After three consecutive years of falling scores, the Indiana men’s basketball program’s Academic Progress Rate is trending upward.

IU saw a modest rise in its multi-year APR score during Archie Miller’s first season as coach, climbing slightly from 943 to 944 during the 2017-18 academic year, according to data released by the NCAA on Wednesday.

The APR measures a program’s ability to retain or graduate athletes, while keeping them eligible. The score is calculated by giving each athlete on scholarship one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible. A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to produce its Academic Progress Rate. The multi-year score released Wednesday covers a four-year period spanning the 2014-15 academic year through 2017-18.

Former IU basketball coach Tom Crean was responsible for two years of the latest calculation, during which Indiana’s multi-year score fell from three straight years of perfect 1,000 scores to 985 in 2014-15 and 964 in 2015-16. IU’s score fell further to 943 during the 2016-17 year, which was academically shared by Crean and Miller. Excessive roster turnover and players leaving in poor academic standing can negatively affect a team’s APR score.

The basketball program’s multi-year score of 944 was the lowest of any team in the IU athletic department and ranked 13th among Big Ten men’s basketball programs during the 2017-18 year.

Meanwhile, IU’s single-year score jumped significantly during Miller’s first year, going from 920 during the 2016-17 academic year to 980 in 2017-18.

Three Indiana programs — field hockey, men’s golf and women’s tennis — posted perfect 1,000 multi-year scores, according to the NCAA’s most recent data. Fourteen IU programs also earned perfect single-year APR scores for the 2017-18 campaign, including women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s golf, women’s golf, rowing, women’s soccer, men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis, women’s track and field, volleyball and water polo.

“Indiana University Athletics places an extremely high value on our students’ academic successes, so I am very pleased by these results and by the exemplary academic performance by our students in all of our sports,” IU athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement. “The number of perfect, as well as improving, APR scores for individual sports coupled with our record Graduation Success Rates are reflective of the priority our department places on excelling in the classroom and earning Indiana University degrees. We are very proud of our students.”

Indiana University APR scores (multi-year scores/2017-18 scores)
Baseball: 974/971
Men’s Basketball: 944/980
Women’s Basketball: 981/1,000
Men’s Cross Country: 990/1,000
Women’s Cross Country: 996/1,000
Field Hockey: 1000/1000
Football: 972/967
Men’s Golf: 1000/1000
Women’s Golf: 986/1,000
Rowing: 990/1,000
Men’s Soccer: 981/990
Women’s Soccer: 995/1,000
Softball: 994/989
Men’s Swimming and Diving: 986/1,000
Women’s Swimming and Diving: 997/1,000
Men’s Tennis: 969/971
Women’s Tennis: 1000/1000
Men’s Track and Field: 973/956
Women’s Track and Field: 991/1,000
Volleyball: 995/1,000
Water Polo: 981/1,000
Wrestling: 985/977