Most State Colleges Meet NCAA Academic Standards

By Bitter, Andy | The Roanoke Times (Roanoke, VA), June 12, 2013 | Go to article overview

Most State Colleges Meet NCAA Academic Standards


Bitter, Andy, The Roanoke Times (Roanoke, VA)


No team at Virginia, Virginia Tech, VMI or Radford was hit with a penalty for poor performance under the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate figures, which were released Tuesday.

The APR reflects four years of performance, from the 2008-09 school year through 2011-12. It is used by the NCAA to measure athletes' progress toward degrees. A 930 score predicts a 50 percent graduation rate.

Eighteen Division I teams will have to miss the NCAA postseason for the 2013-14 school year, including Norfolk State men's indoor and outdoor track and Florida International men's basketball.

All sports at Virginia, Virginia Tech and Radford had a multi- year score above the 900 threshold the NCAA requires to avoid the possibility of penalties for the 2013-14 school year. So did all of the VMI teams that have been in existence for some time.

The VMI women's water polo team had an 889, but it was not penalized because it did not have four years of data to measure. It did not make its debut until the 2011-12 school year.

Some teams around the country were punished, however.

Most of the penalized schools, including 11 historically black schools, have significantly more limited resources than top NCAA programs.

Teams can earn two points per student-athlete, one for retaining an athlete in school and another for that player making progress toward a degree. A percentage is calculated on earned points out of total possible points. The decimal figure is then multiplied by 1,000 for a final score. …

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