NC State Football APR Improves, Still Not Good

The NCAA released its Annual Progress Rate scores for the 2010-11 academic year on Wednesday. In case you need a refresher on what this stupid thing is, here's an outline:

A Division I Football Bowl Subdivision team awards the full complement of 85 grants-in-aid. If 80 student-athletes remain in school and academically eligible, three remain in school but are academically ineligible and two drop out academically ineligible, the team earns 163 of 170 possible points for that term. Divide 163 by 170 and multiply by 1,000 to determine that the team’s Academic Progress Rate for that term is 959.

The NCAA calculates the rate as a rolling, four-year figure that takes into account all the points student-athletes could earn for remaining in school and academically eligible during that period. Teams that do not earn an Academic Progress Rate above specific benchmarks face penalties ranging from scholarship reductions to more severe sanctions.

Teams that score below 925 and have a student-athlete who both failed academically and left school can lose scholarships (up to 10 percent of their scholarships each year) under the immediate penalty structure.

APR is the reason why UConn basketball is ineligible for the 2013 NCAA tournament. The APR database is located here, and this is NCSU's report from 2010-11. Historically, NCSU football has been a little too close for comfort to that 925 line, and that hasn't changed in this latest update. However, State's 943 APR in 2010-11 did improve the rolling APR score by a couple of points, from 929 last year to 931 this year. So that's good. That 943 will continue to help in coming years with the rolling average, and hopefully it's something the program can build on.

The progam's current rolling average (931) is the lowest in the ACC.

The majority of NC State's athletics programs are healthy in this respect, though. Tennis is the only other program with a rolling average under 960.

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