USF's latest APR scores mostly shine
USF boasted more sparkling across-the-board Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores when the NCAA released its latest data Wednesday.
All 18 Bulls sports programs posted multi-year APR scores of 952 or better, well above the minimum (930) required to avoid NCAA sanctions including postseason bans. While the men's basketball program's APR for 2015-16 was alarming (898), its multi-year score remained solid (959).
"USF student-athletes continue to achieve in the classroom," athletic director Mark Harlan said in a school news release.
"We are pleased with our latest APR scores and the continued work of our fantastic academic services staff and coaches in fulfilling our commitment to the total student-athlete experience."
The football team's 990 score for 2015-16 was a program record, while its 965 multi-year score tied with Memphis for seventh-best in the American Athletic Conference. The men's hoops team's multi-year score also ranks seventh in the league.
Elsewhere, the Bulls baseball and women's soccer teams boasted program-record multi-year scores of 972 and 990, respectively.
Seven teams, including women's basketball and men's golf, had perfect 1,000 scores for 2015-16. The others were all women's sports (cross country, volleyball, golf, tennis, track and field).
A bit more information on the APR can be found below.
Academic Progress Rate
The APR, or Academic Progress Rate, holds institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for each academic term.
The APR is calculated as follows:
* Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible.
* A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate.
* In addition to a team’s current-year APR, its rolling four-year APR is also used to determine accountability.
The APR is based on four years of data, with the most current year's data added and the oldest year removed to create a four-year (multi-year) rolling rate. Penalties can be applied if an athletic team's multi-year APR score is below 930.