Yesterday, the NCAA released its annual APR rates, which evaluates just how well institutions encourage actual “student athletes” to progress through school and graduate. As you may have heard, it’s caused some controversy around college sports, specifically because it penalizes schools for transfers, and schools see additional penalties if players don’t complete classes after declaring for the draft (more common in basketball than football, really). Additionally, Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim doesn’t care for it one bit, which is good enough for me to hate it, too.
Given the ACC‘s sense of academic stature, ratings like these should not be much of an issue, though. Out of a score of 1000, all you have to do is maintain at least a 930 (very few institutions were unable to do this during the 2010-11 evaluation period). And yet, a couple ACC schools struggled mightily. Two were just one point above the cut line, and another three finished under 950. Overall, however, the league still managed the highest average (the 12 current schools had a mean score of 961), and scholarly overachiever, Duke, had the second-highest football score in FBS, at 989. Northwestern was tops in FBS at 995 (!). The full ACC team breakdown for you:
Boston College: 977
Georgia Tech: 974
Wake Forest: 973
Virginia Tech: 968
North Carolina: 943
Florida State: 937
NC State: 931
A couple thoughts:
- Very surprised to see Clemson up that high. There weren’t a ton of FBS schools above 980, so being in that type of company shows their efforts to improve have paid off.
- Also shocked at how low Virginia’s scores were. A 944 is not great at all, especially for a “public Ivy” like UVa. If I’m the Hoos, I’m disappointed by that figure.
- NC State and Maryland were dangerously close to the 930 cutoff line. The last thing this league needs is teams missing the postseason for academic reasons.
- There isn’t a huge correlation between being a private school and scoring high either. The league’s private institutions were spread from number-one (Duke) to nine (Syracuse), with plenty of public schools mixed in between.
If you’re interested in seeing more on APR, feel free to play around on the NCAA’s handy site for quick tabulations. For graphical representations of the results, consult Team Speed Kills, and the helpful visuals put together over there.