Men’s basketball headlines 13 perfect APR scores for IU

While sports have been silent on the field for the past two months, a successful spring off the court continued on Tuesday for Indiana University with the latest NCAA Academic Progress Report (APR).

Thirteen of IU’s 22 programs earned a perfect APR score of 1,000 for the 2018-19 academic year, while 15 programs equaled or improved their score from the previous year. Indiana’s overall combined APR score for 2018-19 is 979.

The 13 programs earning a perfect score were men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s rowing, field hockey, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming, women’s tennis and women’s water polo. That is the third-most perfect scores in a year behind only 2013-14 (15) and 2017-18 (14).

It is the second straight year women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s golf and women’s tennis earned a perfect score.

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.

Programs are required to meet a four-year average of 930 in order to maintain eligibility for NCAA Championship competition.

That makes perfect score of 1,000 particularly important for men’s basketball, which continues to climb after dipping as low as 943 for the multi-year score and a 920 single-year score for 2016-17. Those numbers bumped up to 944 and 980, respectively, in 2017-18 and now the multi-year score is up to 959, which although the lowest in the athletic department, keeps Indiana safely out of danger of any penalties.

The APR results this spring come on the heels of a record Graduation Success Rate (GSR) performance in the fall with a score of 91 percent. It is the seventh consecutive year IU has equaled or established a new high mark.

“Indiana University Athletics places a high priority on the academic achievement of our students, and we are very pleased and proud when we see these type of results from our students and our programs,” IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass said via press release.

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