BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- The NCAA released their complete report on Academic Progress Rate (APR) on Wednesday showing growth in the graduation rates of student-athletes among particular sports and an overall upward trend nationally in APR scores.
While a limited number of institutions will receive penalties for falling below the minimum APR score standards of 930, CSU Bakersfield Athletics will once again not receive any penalties with every team meeting the four-year average of a 930, and two teams, beach volleyball and volleyball, receiving commendations for finishing in the top-10 percent of APR scores for their respective sports.
Along with the perfect scores from the beach and indoor volleyball teams, CSUB had 10 teams with a single-year APR of 1000 for the 2015-16 year. Part of the goal of the NCAA AASP grant is to have all teams above 950 multi-year APR, currently there are 12 teams above 950 including men's basketball at 973 and baseball at 972.
11 CSUB teams elevated their APR score, including, baseball, men's basketball, men's golf, men's swimming, wrestling, women's golf, softball, women's soccer and women's water polo.
CSUB continues to thrive thanks to the benefits of the Accelerated Academic Success Program grant which was awarded in the summer of 2014. As a result, CSUB has been able to hire additional academic support staff, advisors and tutors for student-athletes and open the new Kegley Center for Student Success. The facility, which was relocated from a nearby smaller space, now includes over 7,000-square-feet of study and tutoring areas, computer labs and academic support resources for CSUB student-athletes. The facility, the cornerstone of the NCAA AASP grant, was funded by both the grant and the philanthropy of CSUB professor of philosophy and former faculty athletics representative Dr. Jacquelyn Kegley.
According to the NCAA, Division I student-athletes improved academically for the 12th consecutive year, earning another all-time high four-year Academic Progress Rate. The 2015-16 overall four-year rate is 981, up two points from the four-year rate announced last year. Three-point improvements in baseball and football four-year rates contributed to that increase. Baseball teams earned a 973 four-year rate (up from 970), and football teams earned a 962 (up from 959). In addition, men's basketball teams earned a 966 four-year rate (up from 964), and women's basketball teams earned a 980 (up from 978).
Also notable is the steady increase in scores earned by teams at limited-resource schools and historically black colleges and universities. The single-year Academic Progress Rate for limited-resource schools has increased from 939 to 968 since 2010, while HBCUs saw an increase from 913 to 956 during that time.
Teams from schools not considered limited-resource institutions increased the single-year rate by only seven points (979 to 984) over that same time. NCAA President Mark Emmert applauded Division I student-athletes for their continued academic achievement and dedication to earning a degree.
“I am so pleased that the Academic Progress Rates continue to rise, but I am more excited about what those numbers mean: Thousands of college athletes continue to make real progress toward earning their degrees,” Emmert said. “A college degree, combined with the skills they learn while participating in sports, will provide countless opportunities for them later in life.”
Every Division I sports team across the nation calculates its Academic Progress Rate each academic year, like a report card. Scholarship student-athletes each semester earn one point for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating.
Information from a press release by NCAA.com was used in this report.