Academic Progress Rate (APR)

Knocking it out of the park

Academic Progress Rates in baseball have risen steadily from 933.3 in 2003-04 (the first year the data were compiled) to 973.0 in the most recent year. Graduation Success Rates also jumped by 7 percentage points recently and are at their highest levels since reporting began.

Raising the bar

With notable increases in football and men’s basketball, student-athletes continue to improve in the classroom, earning record-high marks as measured by the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate.

NCAA celebrates academic achievement in Division I

The NCAA has honored more than 1,100 Division I sports teams for top scores in the classroom.

Academic Progress Rate Timeline

Significant dates in the development and implementation of the Academic Progress Rate: August 2001 : The Division I Board of Directors appoints an eight-member task force, chaired by Rutgers President Francis Lawrence, to focus on reform...

Academic Progress Rate Explained

While the idea of a more contemporary and accurate measure of a team’s academic success sprouted in the early 2000s as part of a comprehensive reform effort, it wasn’t until the 2004 NCAA Convention that what is now one of the most recognizable acronyms in the NCAA was officially adopted.

Success across two stages

NFL teams draft 1.6 percent of college football players to play professionally. Many people believe college football players are only biding their time until they go pro, but more than 600 current NCAA Division I football seniors already have their degrees. In fact, many college football players earn degrees that will enable them to one day pursue careers outside of sports.

Academic Progress Rate Q&A

What was the rationale behind the initial implementation of APR in 2003? APR was part of a broader academic reform package. It was the first time the membership had developed a group of measures aimed at improving academic success. So we...

Student-athletes continue to achieve academically

The Division I Academic Progress Rates continue to improve, including upticks in high-profile sports.

NCAA recognizes Division I academic achievement

Highlights Six of the 2013-14 National Champion teams have been awarded Public Recognition Awards. University of Georgia women’s swimming and diving University of Colorado men’s cross country University of Connecticut women’s field hockey...

Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR)

Implemented in 2003 as part of an ambitious academic reform effort in Division I, the Academic Progress Rate (APR) holds institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through a team-based metric that accounts...

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