Michigan, Notre Dame report APR success

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame led all Football Bowl Subdivision programs with 13 Academic Progress Rating Public Recognition Awards and totaled 13 perfect scores (1,000) in the latest set of statistics issued by the NCAA.

Each Fighting Irish program scored above the APR average in each sport, while men’s cross country, men’s fencing, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s track, softball, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse and women’s volleyball all earned perfect 1,000 scores.

Notre Dame’s 13 programs, with scores of 1,000 tied with Stanford to lead all FBS programs and marked the fifth time in the 14-year history of the APR in which at least 13 Irish teams, had scored perfectly (also in 2006, 2015, 2016 and 2018).

No other FBS institution has had more years of at least 13 perfect scores than Notre Dame. Only three schools (Notre Dame, Boston College and Stanford) in the 14-year history of the APR have had 13 or more teams post scores of 1,000 in a single report.

Notre Dame’s number of perfect scores of 1,000 has ranked either first or second among all FBS programs for 15 consecutive years. Notre Dame led FBS schools in 1,000 scores in 2019 (with 13, tied with Stanford), 2016 (with 16), 2015 (with an institutional record 17), 2013 and 2012 (both with 12), 2009 (with nine), 2008 (with eight, tied with Duke) and 2006 (with 14, tied with Boston College). Notre Dame finished second in number of 1,000 scores in 2018, 2017, 2014, 2011, 2010 and 2007.

The ACC once again had a strong showing as 83 teams from member schools received APR recognition awards, second-most among Power 5 conferences and third among all Division I conferences, trailing only the Ivy League (113) and Big Ten (84).

The APR, created to provide more of a real‐time measurement of academic success than graduation rates offer, is a team-based metric where scholarship student-athletes earn one point each term for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating. Schools that do not offer scholarships track their recruited student-athletes.

Every Division I sports team submits data to have its Academic Progress Rate calculated each academic year. The NCAA reports both single-year rates and four-year rates, on which penalties for poor academic performance are based. National aggregates are based on all teams with usable, member-provided data. APRs for each team, lists of teams receiving public recognition and those receiving sanctions are available online through the NCAA’s searchable database.


Michigan has five teams achieve perfect scores

ANN ARBOR — Five University of Michigan varsity athletic teams achieved perfect multiyear scores in the 2018-19 Academic Progress Rate data released by the NCAA national office Tuesday along with penalty reports for all Division I institutions as part of the annual NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program.

All 27 Michigan teams scored well above the threshold required by the NCAA, highlighted by the five with perfect multiyear scores of 1,000: baseball, women’s basketball, women’s golf, softball and women’s tennis. The report is based on four-year calculations of data from the 2015-16 through 2018-19 academic years.

Michigan is one of 30 schools from the Bowl Subdivision to earn a multiyear score of 980 or greater in the sport of football.

In addition to the perfect multiyear scores, 14 U-M athletic teams recorded perfect scores for the 2018-19 academic year. Michigan also had 14 perfect scores last year, 19 in 2016-17, 15 in 2015-16, 16 in 2014-15, 24 in 2013-14 and 13 in 2012-13.

The APR is a real-time measure of a team’s academic performance and is calculated by reviewing variables such as eligibility, retention and graduation rates of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team.

In order to compete in the 2020-21 postseason, teams must achieve 930 four-year APR. NCAA member representatives chose the 930 standard because that score predicts a 50 percent graduation rate for the team. Additionally, teams must earn at least a 930 APR to avoid penalties.

On May 12, the U-M baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s golf, men’s lacrosse, softball, men’s swimming and diving and women’s tennis programs were recognized by the NCAA with the Academic Performance Program Public Recognition Award for ranking among the top 10 percent of their respective sports in the most recent multiyear APR report.

Michigan’s men’s basketball program has earned the APR Public Recognition Award nine straight years.