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CU's APR Rate Highest Since NCAA's Program Began
Release: May 24, 2011
By: David Plati, Associate AD/Sports Information
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BOULDER - The University of Colorado Academic Progress Rate (APR) report based on information for the four year period between 2006-07 and 2009-10 was released by the NCAA Tuesday with those of all other Division I schools, with CU's news good across the board, including rates that are the highest in school history since the program was created seven years ago.

Two programs, men's golf and women's tennis, earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards, which are presented to the teams scoring in the top 10 percent in their most recent multi-year APRs in their sport, with both earning perfect 1000 four-year scores.  They are technically the first two to be recognized with the honor at CU; women's volleyball was recognized as achieving the status during the original evaluation period to establish APR guidelines back in 2005.

The most significant news in the report confirms that the football and men's basketball programs are back in good standing after making dramatic improvements.  Here are the particulars:

  • In the 2009-10 report, football achieved an annual APR of 958 and improved its four-year APR from 920 to 929; penalties may be imposed when the four-year score drops below 925. School officials designed an academic improvement plan for football that was implemented last fall, and predictors are that an upward trajectory in APR scores will continue when the current year's scores are gathered this fall for next year's report. CU's Faculty Athletics Representative, Dr. David Clough, noted that new coach "Jon Embree and his staff are attuned to the team's APR situation, crediting the transition under the new staff, as well former head coach Dan Hawkins and his staff, the team, and to the great academic support provided in Athletics and by the faculty and staff on the Boulder Campus." This improvement came after the football program was issued a contemporaneous penalty in last year's report, which amounted to a one-year reduction of five scholarships (absorbed in the 2008-09 academic year).
  • The men's basketball team continued its dramatic improvement, in 2009-10 recording its first perfect 1000 annual score since the creation of the APR. That, despite a transition in coaching staff which usually causes a loss of APR points. The four-year score, after three years below 900, jumped to 926 in the report, with those same predictors indicating continued improvement next year. Clough again cited the first-year coaching staff led by Tad Boyle, former coach Jeff Bzdelik and his staff, the team, and all those who played a role in academic support. Thus, this was also a great improvement after the men's basketball program was penalized after the 2008-09 report, which resulted in a one-year reduction in scholarships from 13 to 12 (taken in 2008-09).

For the seventh consecutive year all of CU's other 14 programs are in good standing overall and not subject to any penalties, with 12 showing improvement in the four-year APR rate from the last report to this one and all with scores of 950 or above.  The two that did not improve, women's basketball and women's golf, had perfect 1000 annual scores a year ago but still posted excellent numbers (965 and 964, respectively).

In addition to men's basketball, women's tennis and men's golf, three other CU programs earned a perfect 1000 score for the 2009-10 annual report.  Women's tennis earned the perfect score for the fourth straight year and men's golf for a second; they were joined by men's cross country, women's cross country and women's volleyball.

That brings the total to 28 times that CU programs have earned a perfect score since the APR came into being.  All one-year scores for all 16 of Colorado's programs were 958 or above, with volleyball showing the largest increase, jumping 68 points from 932 to 1000, followed by men's cross country (49 points, 951 to 1000), men's basketball (45 points, 955 to 1000), women's skiing (43 points, 932 to 975), women's cross country (42 points, 957 to 1000) and men's skiing (41 points, 938 to 979).

Though the NCAA doesn't release data for all sports combined at every institution, Colorado's overall APR picture is very promising.  The average APR for all CU student-athletes, weighted appropriately by squad size, showed the annual figure improving from 953 to 973 from 2008-09 to 2009-10; two years ago, that average was 944, thus a 29-point improvement over the last two reports.

"I am gratified by the very positive trends for CU intercollegiate athletics demonstrated in this year's APR ratings," said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. "They are a testament to the commitment to academic achievement demonstrated by our players, coaches, faculty and administrators, and serve as proof positive that we are ready to enter with confidence the most academically challenging major athletic conference in the nation: the Pac-12."

Now seven years into the APR report card system, numbers continue to stabilize statistically as program histories take firmer roots.  The NCAA instituted the APR in 2004, with member schools supplying information first for the 2003-04 academic year for an initial look at how schools fared across the country.  The system analyzes a four-year period, thus new data for the most recent year replaces that on the front end of the previous year's research.

Nationally, 103 programs at 67 schools were sanctioned for poor academic performance, down from 137 and 80, respectively, last year.

The NCAA does not compute an overall number for each school, as the report card system is sport-specific.  The results have been trending upward over the past several years, and with the APR being a harbinger of graduation rates, those numbers are increasing annually as well.  In concert with both have been ever-improving grade point averages, with nine programs over 3.0 cumulatively and all over 2.5.  CU's 336 student-athletes owned a collective 2.833 cumulative grade point average through last fall, second highest on record since officials began tracking this info in 1995, with 40 percent at 3.0 or higher.

The reporting covered all 16 of CU's intercollegiate sport programs; team-by-team statistical data (A-denotes number of perfect 1000 annual APR scores in program history out of a maximum six; number in parenthesis is program's high score if no 1000 scored as of yet; team GPA is cumulative value as of Fall 2010 and is listed for reference but is not strongly correlated with APR):

Program

A

Team GPA

(Cumulative)

 

 

2009-10 APR

Four-Year APR

2006/07 to 2009/10

Men's Basketball

1

2.786

 

1000

926

Men’s Cross Country

2

3.011

 

1000

969

Football

(962)

2.567

 

958

929

Men's Golf

3

2.723

 

1000

1000

Men's Skiing

1

3.193

 

979

969

Men's Indoor Track

1

…………

 

972

957

Men's Outdoor Track

1

2.786

 

972

957

Women's Basketball

2

2.652

 

965

982

Women's Cross Country

2

3.282

 

1000

957

Women's Golf

3

3.209

 

964

972

Women's Skiing

2

3.326

 

975

973

Women's Soccer

(984)

3.066

 

980

966

Women's Tennis

4

3.228

 

1000

1000

Women's Indoor Track

1

…………

 

966

950

Women's Outdoor Track

1

3.220

 

967

951

Women's Volleyball

3

3.018

 

1000

966

 

THE NCAA APR SYSTEM

While complicated, APR (Academic Progress Rate) can best be described as one that is based on two factors: eligibility/graduation and retention. Each student-athlete accrues 0, 1 or 2 points per semester; if he or she is in good academic standing at the end of the term, including on-schedule progress toward a degree, and if they are enrolled in the subsequent term, they receive two points; if they are one and not the other, they earn a single point, and if neither, zero. It should be noted that APR data are only collected for team members on athletic scholarship.

For example, if a team was comprised of 20 student-athletes on aid, and all 20 were in good academic standing and returned to school the next semester, the team's semester APR would be 1000 (40 out of a 40 possible points). The next semester, if two became ineligible, one left school and one stayed, and the other 18 remained in good standing, the semester APR would be 925 (37 of 40). The team's APR for the year would thus be 963 (for 77 out of 80 possible points).

Points are deducted for student-athletes who record either "0-for-2's," those who have left school, quit or transferred with ineligible status, and "1-for 2's," for athletes who leave school eligible ("1-for-1" should they transfer to another institution with a GPA greater than 2.6) or who become ineligible but are retained.

The Division I Board of Directors set minimum scores of 925 and 900 (out of 1000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face possible immediate contemporaneous and historical sanctions, respectively. Failure to achieve a multi-year score of 900 first results in a "historical penalty" amounting to a public reprimand; any subsequent historical penalties result in scholarship reductions and restrictions on practice time. To be removed from the historical penalty probation, a program needs three consecutive years of 900 or higher on the multi-year APR score; if an institution's sport program incurs another failing score while on probation, it would be subject up to 10 percent in scholarship losses, with the penalties increasing with each consecutive year of non-compliance. Restrictions can also be placed on practice time, and there are more severe penalties for additional failing scores.

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