When the NCAA Board of Directors meet in April 2012, they will discuss a revised penalty structure for universities who fail to
meet Academic Progress Rates [APR].
In 2005, the NCAA developed the APR to determine the probability of student-athletes who will graduate from each university in a five-year period. Points are awarded for each student-athlete who is retained from year to year, and for each student-athlete who is eligible to participate in athletics at the end of each academic term. The goal was to have an APR of 925 or greater. A perfect
score is 1000.
NCAA Presidents voted in August 2011 to raise the minimum APR score from 925 to 930, and to prohibit teams who fall below 930 from competing in post-season competitions, including bowl games. This new legislation will be phased in during the next two years. For championships conducted in 2012-13 and 2013-14, teams must have minimum score of 900 to participate. For 2014-15 and beyond, teams would require a minimum APR score of 930 to participate in championship events.
As a result of this new penalty, the University of Connecticut is ineligible to participate in the 2013 NCAA men’s basketball championship. Earlier this month, Connecticut submitted a waiver to the NCAA and proposed alternative penalties. The NCAA denied that waiver. [See NCAA denies Connecticut’s request for APR waiver for 2013 postseason.]
For more detailed review of the new penalty structure, read Committee on Academic Performance considers APR penalty-structure changes.
During the official visit, prospects should ask about the APR of the university and examine it for the past four or five years to see any trends. If the team the prospect anticipates joining has an APR below 930, the prospect should ask what steps the athletic department is taking to raise the APR score.
Recent APR’s by sport are listed on the NCAA web site at http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/newmedia/public/rates/index5.html.