APR progress means Towson basketball postseason ban lifted

June 11, 2013 | WNST Staff


Tigers Show Significant Progress In NCAA Report


TOWSON, Md. – According to the Division I Academic Progress Report released by the NCAA on Tuesday, every one of Towson University’s 20 intercollegiate athletic programs received a score that is significantly above the NCAA’s “cut score.”

All but one of Towson University’s 20 intercollegiate sports has a multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of at least 930. The Tiger women’s soccer and cross country programs each earned a perfect multi-year APR score of 1,000.

Most significantly, the Tiger men’s basketball program, which was the recipient of a post-season ban last year, has had the ban lifted and the Tigers will be eligible for post-season play again in 2014.

The Tiger field hockey team earned a 997 APR score while the women’s outdoor track team posted a mark of 992. The Colonial Athletic Association champion women’s swimming team earned a 991 while the indoor track squad had a 990 APR score.

In addition, the softball squad had a 987 APR while the Colonial Athletic Association champion women’s lacrosse team posted a 986 APR score. The Tiger men’s swimming team earned a 982 APR score and the CAA champion baseball team compiled a 978 score.

The NCAA holds Division I institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through the Academic Progress Rate, a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete, each term. The APR is calculated by allocating points for eligibility and retention — the two factors that are identified as the best indicators of graduation. Each player on a given roster earns a maximum of two points per term, one for being academically eligible and one for staying with the institution. A team’s APR is the total points of a team’s roster at a given time divided by the total points possible. Since the result is a decimal number, the Committee on Academic Performance (CAP) decided to multiply it by 1,000 for ease of reference. Thus, a raw APR score of .925 translates into the 925 that will become the standard terminology.

The Committee on Academic Performance oversees the Academic Performance Program, with sets policies and recommends legislative changes to the Board of Directors, which has the final say on rules changes in Division I.

Beginning with 2012-13 championships, teams must earn a minimum 900 four-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to be eligible to participate. For 2014-15 championships, the cut off numbers increase as teams must earn a 930 four-year average APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years to participate. In 2015-16 and beyond, teams must earn a four-year APR of 930 to compete in championships.

“Our APR scores are a credit to our student-athletes,” said Tricia Brandenburg, the Interim Director of Athletics at Towson University. “It is also a credit to the cooperation our students receive when working with the faculty on the difficult task of balancing academic and athletics responsibilities. In addition, our coaches deserve credit for establishing a culture for academic achievement. Our strong academic services staff has provided outstanding support for student-athletes in need. It is truly a team effort.”

Towson University’s sport-by-sport APR scores:

                                                      Team APR                          

Baseball –                                                        978                  

Men’s Basketball –                                             871                  

Football –                                                          953                  

Men’s Golf –                                                      932                  

Men’s Lacrosse –                                               945                 

Men’s Soccer –                                                  957                  

Men’s Swimming –                                             982                 

Women’s Basketball –                                        953                  

Women’s Cross Country –                                   1000                

Field Hockey –                                                   997                  

Women’s Golf –                                                  944                 

Gymnastics –                                                     976                  

Women’s Lacrosse –                                           986                  

Women’s Soccer –                                              1000                

Softball –                                                          987                  

Women’s Swimming –                                         991                   

Women’s Tennis –                                              992                  

Women’s Indoor Track –                                     990                  

Women’s Outdoor Track –                                   992                  

Volleyball –                                                       973