The Indiana basketball team got some good news on Tuesday when they learned they earned a perfect APR score for the 2018-19 school year.
The NCAA has worked hard to promote academic success with its schools. One of the ways they have done that is by creating the annual APR ratings for each school in each sport they compete in.
If a school has a low APR score they can start by losing practice time leading all the way up to postseason bans. Stephen F. Austin (who famously upset Duke on the road last year) was one of four schools that received a ban in men’s basketball.
The APR is a calculation of eligible players and ineligible players either returning or leaving. It is a push to get players to graduate or on their way to graduating. They are called student-athletes for a reason and the NCAA wants to make sure schools are doing there part to get their players on track to graduate.
The APR is calculated as follows:
- Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible.
- A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate.
- In addition to a team’s current-year APR, its rolling four-year APR is also used to determine accountability.
For further information on how the score is calculated you can visit the NCAA website here.
The Hoosiers have greatly improved their rating over the last couple of years and were one of just four Big Ten teams to get a perfect APR score for the 2018-19 school year.
Teams must average a 930 score over a four-year stretch to stay out of penalties. Indiana’s average over the last five years is 958, so the 1000 they earned from this year is a huge help in that average.
Archie Miller has done a great job of getting high-quality kids in the program that are taking care of business in the classroom. The jury may be out if he can lead them to the top of the Big Ten on the court, but in the classroom, his team is getting the job done.