Last year Washington had the highest score in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) of any Pac-12 men’s basketball team.
This year the Huskies are tied for fourth at 984, which is one point shy of last year’s score.
Since 2002-03 the NCAA has used the APR to measure academic success for student-athletes in every Division I sport. The rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention over a four-year period. The most recent APRs are based on scores from the 2009-13 academic years.
Scores are calculated by assigning a point to each athlete per semester for remaining academically eligible and another point each semester for remaining at that school or graduating. A rate of 925, out of a highest possible score of 1000, equates to an approximate graduation rate of 50 percent.
The overall four-year APR score across Division 1 is 976, a tw0-point increase from last year. The average APR nationally in men’s basketball is 957, which an all-time high and up five points from last year.
Teams scoring below certain thresholds are subject to penalty, including loss of scholarships, practice restrictions and postseason bans. Rates are an average of the past four years’ performance. National aggregates are based on all teams with usable data at the time of analysis.
In order to compete in the 2014-15 postseason, teams must achieve either a 930 multi-year APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years. This approach represents the next step in a phased-in move to a standard 930 benchmark, which will be in place for most schools with next year’s announcement of 2013-14 data collected in the fall of 2014.
Here’s a link the NCAA’s APR database.
And here’s how the Pac-12 teams stacked up.
1. Stanford … 1000
2. Arizona State … 989
3. Colorado … 985
4. Washington … 984
4. Arizona … 984
6. Utah … 979
7. UCLA … 969
8. Oregon State, 958
9. USC … 952
10. Oregon … 945
11. California … 939
12. Washington State … 938
Here’s a few interesting tidbits from the APR.
— Oregon was in danger of facing sanctions due to low APR scores. In 2011-12 the Ducks’ multi-year score was 918 and in 2010-11 it was 926. Oregon’s 945 score is a 27-point increase.
— Eight teams are ineligible from the 2015 postseason due to low APR scores. The teams include: Alabama State (SWAC), Appalachian State (Southern), Florida A&amp;amp;M (MEAC), Houston Baptist (Southland), Lamar (Southland), San Jose State (Mountain West), Central Arkansas(Southland) and Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Horizon League).