Division I Academics
More than a decade into academic reform, Division I student-athletes continue to improve academically. More student-athletes than ever are graduating, due in large part to enhanced eligibility standards and the success of the Division I Academic Performance Program. Division I is committed to an intercollegiate athletics model which recognizes and supports the importance of the academic mission of its member schools.
Academic Performance Program
The Academic Performance Program (APP) is designed to ensure Division I student-athletes receive exemplary educational and intercollegiate-athletics experiences. The APP encourages student-athlete graduation through a reward and penalty system directly tied to a team’s academic performance. The APP umbrella covers both the Academic Progress Rate (APR) and Graduation Success Rate (GSR).
The Graduation Success Rate for Division I college athletes who entered school in 2008 climbed to 86 percent – two points over last year and the highest rate ever measured.
Student-Athletes are required to meet and maintain certain academic standards in order to practice and compete in Division I athletics. The academic benchmarks that impact a student-athlete’s eligibility include initial-eligibility, two-year college transfer eligibility, and progress-toward-degree.
Academic Primers are designed as educational materials and are published regularly to highlight current issues and hot topics in Division I Academics.