ATLANTA – Georgia State student-athletes have once again performed well in the classroom according to NCAA statistics released Wednesday as part of the Academic Progress Rate (APR) update.
Among the highlights of the report were eight Panther squads posting multiyear APR averages above 985 – including a perfect score of 1000 by women’s golf to rank within the top 10 percent of teams in the country. Along with the perfect score for women’s golf, men’s golf (985), men’s soccer (994), men’s tennis (993), softball (995) women’s soccer (995), beach volleyball (991), and court volleyball (994) all exceed 985 in the annual report.
Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one retention point for staying in school and one eligibility point for being academically eligible. The total points for the team are divided by points possible and multiplied by 1,000 to create the APR score.
Per the NCAA, Division I student-athletes continue to succeed in the classroom, confirmed by a two-point increase in the Academic Progress Rate. The overall four-year rate increased to 983.
Four-year rates for baseball, football and women’s basketball each increased two points to 975, 964 and 982, respectively. Men’s basketball players raised their overall, four-year APR by a point, to 967.
Since the Division I membership created the Academic Performance Program 14 years ago, more than 16,000 former athletes earned APR points for their prior teams by returning to college after their eligibility ran out and earning a degree. Of those 16,000, more than half participated in football, baseball or basketball — the highest-profile sports in Division I. Those students generally do not count in graduation rates because they earn degrees outside the six-year window allowed by both the federal graduation rate and the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention, and graduation, and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. Teams can face sanctions such as scholarship losses and restriction on practice for falling below certain thresholds.
Every Division I sports team calculates its Academic Progress Rate each academic year. The NCAA reports both single-year rates and four-year rates, on which penalties for poor academic performance are based. National aggregates are based on all teams with usable, member-provided data from April 6.
APRs for each team, lists of teams receiving public recognition and those receiving sanctions are available online through the NCAA’s searchable database.