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As fewer schools miss mark, DI looks at academic standards

When the Division I Board of Directors decided in 2012 to increase the Academic Progress Rate’s benchmark from 900 to 930, it sought to push teams to meet a higher academic standard. That revised benchmark is associated with a 50% team graduation rate, and a potential postseason ban for teams that miss the mark adds some incentive to get there. The first year was met with tough news: The number of teams that failed to meet the benchmark leaped from 51 in 2012 to 183 in 2013. But that number dropped for the next four years, and in the past two years, the number of teams failing to meet the benchmark has fallen to the lowest in the APR’s 15-year history. The Board of Directors called for a review of the APR in fall 2018, a task taken on by the Division I Committee on Academics. The results of that work might lead to a question that inspires even more improvement: Are NCAA member schools ready to hold themselves to an even higher standard? 

Impact of Moving Academic Benchmark 

Number of teams below Academic Progress Rate benchmark before and after the standard changed. 


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