Academic Progress Rate (APR)

Limited-resource schools, HBCUs continue APR improvement trend

While the overall Academic Progress Rate and nearly every demographic within it continue to improve, teams at historically black colleges and universities have made perhaps the most significant progress.

Division I student-athletes still making gains in APR

NCAA Division I student-athletes continue to make gains in the classroom, again earning all-time high results in the most recent measurement of the Academic Progress Rate.

NCAA recognizes teams for academic performance

More than 1,000 Division I sports teams are being recognized for outstanding performance in the classroom. Based on their most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rate, these teams have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for posting...

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...


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