For the-sixth consecutive year, UCF’s APR (Academic Progress Rate) has improved, continuing the Knights’ strong academic showing since the NCAA began the compilation of these crucial statistics in 2004. Yesterday’s NCAA release detailed academic progress through the 2009-10 academic year, and listed the multi-year APR rate by sport.
If an average score was compiled for UCF’s 16 sports overall, the figure would have been 969, two points higher than a 967 set in 2008-09. However, all-sport averages are unofficial, and the NCAA only recognizes averages per sport.
Football wasn’t the only UCF team to sit near the C-USA APR pinnacle.
Meanwhile, none of UCF’s teams are below the 925 threshold for the fourth year in a row. UCF has never had a team penalized for low APR standings. The APR is a matter taken extremely seriously by the NCAA as teams that score below a multi-year 925 and have a student leave school academically ineligible can lose up to 10 percent of their scholarships.
The APR provides a real-time “snapshot” of a team’s academic success each semester by looking at current academic progress of every student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention, and graduation as factors in the rate calculation and provides a much clearer picture of the current academic culture in each sport.
The APR is the fulcrum upon which the entire academic-reform structure rests. Developed as a more real-time assessment of teams’ academic performance than the six-year graduation-rate calculation provides, the APR awards two points each term to student-athletes who meet academic-eligibility standards and who remain with the institution.
A team’s APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible.