The Indiana men’s basketball team was one of three Hoosiers’ programs to earn perfect 1,000 scores for the last four years in the Academic Progress Rate statistics that the NCAA released Tuesday, and Notre Dame had the most perfect scores of any Football Bowl Subdivision school for the second year in a row.
The Irish had 12 teams earn 1,000 in the multi-year APR, which provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester, by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete.
The APR includes both retention at institution and academic eligibility in its calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The overall four-year APR score across Division 1 is 974, a one-point increase from last year. Scores are calculated by individual D-I teams based on eligibility and graduation and retention rates.
A minimum four-year average score of 900, or 930 over the most recent two years, is required for postseason participation.
The minimum required APR scores will increase to 930 over four years or 940 over two years, starting with the 2014-15 postseason.
The Irish had eight men’s teams – basketball, cross country, fencing, golf, lacrosse, tennis, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field – and four women’s teams – cross country, golf, softball and swimming and diving – earn perfect scores. Notre Dame’s football team had a 973.
Other IU teams earning perfect scores were men’s golf and women’s tennis.
The Hoosiers football team had a 963.
Purdue’s volleyball had a perfect multi-year score. The Purdue men’s basketball team had a 995, the same as last year, and the football team had a 953, up from 946.
IPFW’s women’s golf team had a perfect multi-year score, and the men’s basketball team had a 930.
Ball State’s volleyball and women’s cross country teams had two perfect multi-year scores with the men’s basketball team scoring a 972 and the football team a 948.
Poor Academic Progress Rate scores mean postseason bans in 2013-14 for teams from 10 schools: Alabama State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Florida A&M, Florida International, Grambling State, Mississippi Valley State, New Orleans, Norfolk State, Savannah State and Southern. That compares to 15 teams ineligible for the 2012-13 postseason.
Five teams received Level 3 APR penalties, which can include multi-year postseason bans: the men’s basketball teams at Chicago State, Grambling, Mississippi Valley and Louisiana-Monroe and Chicago State’s women’s volleyball team. Most of the penalized schools have more limited resources than top NCAA programs.