Courtesy: America East Communications

America East Student-Athletes Exceed National APR Average Again

Release: 05/15/2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — America East student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom, exceeding the national average in Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the 10th consecutive year and ranking among the top third of all Division I conferences. APR measures student-athletes’ progress towards graduation based on eligibility and retention.

More specifically, America East men’s basketball student-athletes rank among the best in the nation in APR, ranking fourth in four-year average with a score of 970, which is 13 points higher than the national average.

Overall, America East’s four-year APR average is 978, two points ahead of the national rate of 976. The conference’s single-year rate for the 2012-13 academic year is 979, the 11th highest nationally.

In total, over two-thirds of America East programs sport multi-year APR rates higher than the national average with 88 of the conference’s 128 teams scoring over 976.

“Our student-athletes continue to thrive academically and progress towards graduation while balancing the rigors of being a Division I athlete,” America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen said. "The great value our student-athletes and institutions place on their education is commendable and ranks among the best in the nation."

Last week, 20 America East programs, including four men’s basketball teams received APR Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for acheiving an APR in the top 10 percent of their sport. Release

“Our goal in creating the APR and in academic reform is to ensure that student-athletes are prepared for their future after college,” said Committee on Academic Performance chair Walter Harrison, president of the University of Hartford. “Every time these numbers rise, it means something to me. It’s more than just a higher number. It’s real people achieving their degrees, which helps them be more successful in life.”

The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year. Scholarship student-athletes each semester receive one point for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating. Rates are an average of the past four years’ performance. National aggregates are based on all teams with usable data at the time of analysis.