What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State had 10 teams post a multiyear APR score above 985 in the latest release from the NCAA on Wednesday.
* All Georgia State programs exceeded the minimum APR scores for postseason inclusion.
* As previously announced, women’s golf received perfect 1,000 multiyear APR scores.
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 10 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, baseball (986), men’s golf (985), men’s soccer (988), men’s tennis (992), cross country (985), softball (992) women’s soccer (990), beach volleyball (994), and court volleyball (989) 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 at record‐high levels. The overall four-year Academic Progress Rate concluding with the 2017‐18 academic year held steady at 983, the highest ever recorded.
Since the Division I membership created the Academic Performance Program 15 years ago, more than 17,500 former student‐athletes have earned APR points for their prior teams by returning to college and earning a degree after their eligibility expired. Of those, more than half (9,174) competed in football, baseball or basketball. These students typically 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 created to provide more of a real‐time measurement of academic success than graduation rates offer is a team‐based metric where scholarship student‐athletes earn one point each term for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating. Schools that don’t offer scholarships track their recruited student‐athletes.
Every Division I sports team submits data to have its Academic Progress Rate calculated 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. APRs for each team, lists of teams receiving public recognition and those receiving sanctions are available online through the NCAA’s searchable database.