Summit League Teams Boast Strong APR Showing

Summit League Teams Boast Strong APR Showing

NCAA Release

ELMHURST, Ill. – Seventeen Summit League affiliated teams from nine institutions posted perfect scores in the NCAA’s latest Academic Progress Rates. The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years. The NCAA’s database included eleven current and former member schools in The Summit League’s records over the four-year measured period.

The 17 Summit League affiliated teams who attained a 1,000 APR score are:

  • Eastern Illinois (Men’s Swimming)
  • Fort Wayne (Women’s Golf)
  • IUPUI (Men’s Tennis, Men’s Outdoor Track and Field, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field)
  • North Dakota State (Men’s Golf, Women’s Golf)
  • Omaha (Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Golf, Women’s Tennis, Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field)
  • Oral Roberts (Women’s Cross Country)
  • South Dakota (Men’s Golf)
  • South Dakota State (Women’s Basketball)
  • Western Illinois (Women’s Tennis, Volleyball)

Three full-time Summit League institutions (IUPUI, North Dakota State and Western Illinois) increased their number of perfect APR scores over last year’s rate.

A total of 96 Summit League teams posted scores about the national average. The most recent four-year Division I APR is 974, up one point over last year.

A total of 93 Summit League teams were above the APR average for their respective sports. Among that figure were 62 women’s squads and 31 men’s teams.

Among the NCAA’s highest-profile sports, the average four-year APR for men’s basketball is 952, up two points over last year; women’s basketball is 972, up two points; and baseball is 965, equal to last year’s figure. Within those three sports, 17 Summit League teams exceeded the national sport average:

  • Men’s Basketball: South Dakota State (974), South Dakota (970), Oral Roberts (959), IUPUI (958), North Dakota State (957), Western Illinois (957) and Kansas City (957).

  • Women’s Basketball: South Dakota State (1,000), Oakland (995), North Dakota State (981), Omaha (979), South Dakota (978), Kansas City (978) and Western Illinois (973).

  • Baseball: North Dakota State (980), South Dakota State (978) and Oakland (967).

Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face sanctions, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice. Rates are based on the past four years’ performance.

Last week, 12 Summit League teams were publicly recognized for posting multi-year APRs in the top 10 percent of each sport.

APR scores per institution, along with penalties per school and teams receiving public recognition, are available online through the NCAA’s searchable database.