Academic Progress Rate (APR)

Getting it done

By Ronnie Ramos NCAA.org Katie Parry, the learning specialist for the San Jose State football team, knows the exact moment the players became really, truly committed to academics. “We beat Navy and we’re flying back and we’re all excited...

Notre Dame excels on the field and in the classroom

By Brian Burnsed NCAA.org Notre Dame is accustomed to being first. The Fighting Irish football team will enter January’s BCS National Championship Game ranked No. 1. The team’s Graduation Success Rate for all its student-athletes is the...

Basketball star sees degree of change

By Brian Burnsed NCAA.org Octavia Blue had endured enough. She finally gave in when the Achilles tendon came unmoored and the knees perpetually swelled and the body pleaded for a respite from the barrage of sharp elbows and hard screens. “...

Basketball only a foundation for House

By Brian Burnsed NCAA.org Basketball rescued Larry House. Then basketball got in his way. The sport, played on hard streets and under soft light in high school gyms, provided a welcome escape throughout a trying youth. It brought him to a...

Kentucky pitcher handles life's curve ball

By Brian Burnsed NCAA.org For 29 years, Ben Shaffar’s ambitions were confined to the 60-feet, 6-inches between the edge of the pitching rubber and the tip of home plate. His greatest triumphs and most agonizing disappointments occurred in...

Committee reaffirms APR data timing process

By Michelle Brutlag Hosick The process and timing for both penalizing and determining postseason eligibility of teams who fail to meet academic benchmarks will remain the same, the Committee on Academic Performance decided, using the most...

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference creates model for improvement

By Michelle Brutlag Hosick NCAA.org In the last four years, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schools have steadily increased their Academic Progress Rates, a notable feat for a conference composed largely of limited-resource schools. Though...

Limited-resource institutions allowed flexible transition to higher APR standards

By Michelle Brutlag Hosick The Division I Board of Directors today adopted a more flexible transition to higher Academic Progress Rate standards for limited-resource institutions. The modified timeline reflects the fact that many such...

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