NCAA Releases WVU’s APR Data

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NCAA Releases WVU’s APR Data

West Virginia University’s varsity athletic teams have a combined Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 985 according to data released today by the NCAA. The 985 score matches last year’s high score for the 16 years of the NCAA Academic Performance Program.

WVU’s average APR score of 985 is higher than the NCAA’s overall four-year APR average score of 983. WVU’s score has improved 11 points from five years ago.

The APR is based upon eligibility and retention of student-athletes on a semester-by-semester basis and is an assessment of real-time academic success. The results of the fall and spring semesters, in a given year, are calculated as that year’s APR score and averaged with the respective scores from the previous three years to provide a four-year (multi-year) snapshot of academic achievement.

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Any student-athlete receiving athletic aid in a varsity sport can earn up to four points per year for being academically eligible and remaining enrolled in the institution. A team’s APR is the total points earned on the roster divided by that squad’s total possible points, multiplied by 1,000.

Teams must achieve a 930 multi-year APR to avoid immediate penalties (involving the possible reduction of practice time and access to postseason competition). The current multi-year APR scores for WVU’s varsity teams (2015-16 to 2018-19): baseball 971; men’s basketball 995; women’s basketball 996; cross country 996; football 960; golf 1,000; gymnastics 982; rifle 1,000; rowing 989; men’s soccer 993; women’s soccer 994; men’s swimming and diving 979; women’s swimming and diving 975; tennis 992; track and field 985; volleyball 977; and wrestling 960.


“Once again, our record-high score is a testament to our student-athletes, our coaching staffs and our academic support unit,” WVU director of athletics Shane Lyons said. “We continue to be proud of the high level of academic success with our student-athletes and to consistently be above the national average.

“I would like to congratulate the golf and rifle programs for their perfect four-year APR scores of 1,000. We are thrilled to have golf, rifle and men’s basketball being publicly recognized by the NCAA for the top APR scores in their respective sports.”

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    NCAA Releases WVU’s APR Data West Virginia University’s varsity athletic teams have a combined Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 985 according to
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    Looking at the college football APR numbers raised the question of what correlation is there, if any, between a team’s APR and its winning percentage over the years since its inception? Reminds me of the old Letterman tv skit “Is it something?” The ranking of Clemson at 5 and Alabama at 6 gives some credence to the APR being “something” but behooves a more in depth look at the relevance. One obvious thing missing in the APR is the quality of players involved. It would be interesting and more meaningful to include in the database the individual ranking and include it as part of the APR calculation to get a correlation between stableness and achievement as one of the factors in a program’s success.
    Exactly what is the current APR, other than athlete retainment numbers, supposed to portray? Are graduation rates a part of the rating ? Are inbound transfers included in the rating?


    Disagree Tony.  Student athletes are under a lot of scrutiny and fans want to know just about everything about them and the competition fans do also when it comes to academia and everything about their lives.  There is no way in Hell I would want others to know that a kid had troubles in classes while doing all they could to to make the academic grade.  Doesn’t matter whether a 5 star or walk on, star or practice squad.  If a kid screws up and publicly announces it then it’s live and have at it.  I’ve known a lot of student athletes at WVU that the information you would like to know would have been detrimental to their ability to graduate as well as their performance.

    One persons relevance (ie fan) does not equate to the student athlete’s relevance.



    The APR is not intended to measure player or program success on the field, or any correlation between academic and athletic success. It is the Academic Progress Report, and as stated in the article is a measure of how a school’s student-athletes are doing in staying eligible and progressing toward their degrees. It is solely an academic marker.

    Graduation is not included, mostly due to the fact that so many SAs transfer. It would not be fair to penalize a school for a player that stays for 2-3 years, and was otherwise eligible and in good academic standing, then transfers elsewhere and graduates. By the same token, it wouldn’t be fair for a school that has a player for one year and earns a degree there to get a bonus for that, when he or she spent far more time at the original school.

    Remember when a couple of Bob Huggins’ Cincinnati teams were criticized for having a zero graduation rate? That was a old metric, which only measured how many players who came to a school earned degrees there. That was a very inaccurate view. As Huggins pointed out, he had many players leave early for pro careers, as did others who were fine academically in their time at UC but left for transfer or other reasons. That “zero graduation rate” was a bad measurement and attempt to quantify academic performance.

    The APR is an improvement, as it’s simple.For each semester, each SA can earn one point for remaining academically eligible and remaining enrolled to the end of that semester. It does not penalize for transferring or leaving early, so long as the SA remained eligible during his/her time at the school and completed the semesters in question.

    Each year’s rankings includes all SAs at a school for that period, so yes, transfers are included.






    Got the jist of what the NCAA is doing with the APR from the following out of your other posted article about penalties for failing to meet the minimum accepted APR:

    “Any teams posting a four-year score below 930, which predicts about a 50% graduation rate, can be penalized. Scores are based on academic eligibility, graduation and retention. Each athlete receives one point per semester if they remain academically eligible and another if they graduate or return to school for the next term.”

    This reminds me of some of my old buddies who say that their college undergrad experience was 8 of the best years of their lives! A couple even graduated. These guys would have really raised the APR of a fictional control group.

    Seems like if the purpose of the APR is to measure the success of student athletes, a more realistic plan would be the measurement of advancement toward a degree on a scheduled time period with meeting those target dates getting award points. And like many classes grading schemes where the final exam is 50% of the total grade, so should be graduation in the APR. And a graduation rate of
    50% as acceptable seems to render the APR more athlete than student favorable.
    Not to mention the NIL fiasco coming!


    I understand your points about graduation being the ultimate goal.

    Some of the “advancement toward a degree” is built in to the APR point that is earned by remaining eligible. To stay eligible, players have to make progress toward their degrees.

    The details are here, and are mandated by the NCAA. I think that meets part of your thought.

    Awarding points at all (or 50% of the total available points for graduating), just isn’t fair, however. Many more players transfer out than in (because many of those leaving go to lower divisions). It’s not up to the schools to lasso players and make them stay against their wills, and that’s what this would promote, because schools would know they would be taking a 50% hit on their APR potential for every player that left. There’s just no fair way to measure that.

    As for an overall graduation rate, I think 50% is pretty fair. Depending on your source, the four-year graduation rate for public schools ranges from 33-38%. For private schools it’s higher (52-55%). I think that comparing grad rates of student-athletes to the overall student body is a fair metric.

    I don’t have the time to delve into the ways these percentages were calculated. I looked at NCES stats and some private ones as well to come up with a range, but I’m not dying on that hill.

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