May 24, 2011 11:43 PM by Lee Douglas/USAFA
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - The Air Force Academy football team's APR score of 978 for the 2009-10 academic year is the best in the Mountain West Conference for its sport, according to data released today by the NCAA. The Falcons were followed by TCU's 972 and Utah with a 956.
The Air Force football program, along with women's cross country, wrestling and women's track were recognized last week by the NCAA with Division I Academic Performance Public Recognition Awards.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
2009-10 MWC Football Program APR Scores
School APR Score
Air Force 978
New Mexico 947
KEY BACKGROUND ON APR
• The Academic Progress Rate is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team.
• The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.
• The Division I Board of Directors set cut scores of 925 and 900 (out of 1,000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face possible immediate and historical sanctions. An APR of 925 currently predicts an approximately 50 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and an APR of 900 currently predicts an approximately 40 percent GSR.
• The goal of the NCAA's academic performance program is improvement, not punishment. Not only does the program ensure accountability for student-athletes, teams and institutions, but also it provides fairness by considering individual circumstances per team and school.
KEY CONTEXT FOR THIS YEAR
• This year marks the seventh year of APR data for most teams. The APR is a multi-year rate based on the most recent four years of data.
• This is the sixth year of immediate (or contemporaneous) penalties for teams that score below 925 APR and have a student-athlete who leaves school academically ineligible.
• This year marks the fifth for historical penalties. Teams that receive three straight years of historical penalties (by scoring below 900 APR) face the potential of restrictions on postseason competition for the team (such as a bowl game or the men's basketball tournament), in addition to scholarship and practice restrictions.
• Every team posting an APR score below 925 is required to develop a specific academic improvement plan. Teams posting APR scores below 900 must submit those plans to the NCAA national office for review.