Today, 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).
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 2011-12 evaluation period). And yet, a couple ACC schools struggled mightily. Two were just above the cut line, while another finished under. Just four were under 950 this year, though (compared to five last year). Overall, however, the league managed a pretty high average, with Duke achieving the third-highest football score in FBS, at 989. Northwestern was tops in FBS at 996, followed surprisingly by Boise State (993). The full ACC team breakdown for you:
Georgia Tech: 983
Boston College: 982
Wake Forest: 970
Virginia Tech: 970
Florida State: 954
NC State: 947
North Carolina: 934
Some additional thoughts:
- Miami, Wake and UNC all went down compared to last year. Everyone else went up or in Duke’s case, stayed the same (at 989, they’re forgiven).
- Concerned for Louisville’s score — unsure what that means for next season (do they get a one-year correction period?)
- Clemson’s regularly scored highly in APR in the Dabo Swinney era. Shows the academic investment the school’s been making has paid dividends on and off the field.
- North Carolina’s precipitous drop (plus UVa’s low score) are slight causes for concern, considering the stature of both schools.
If you’re interested in seeing more on APR, feel free to play around on the NCAA’s handy site for quick tabulations.