June 20, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA publicly released its annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) report for Division I institutions on Wednesday (June 20), and Missouri State University's 16 intercollegiate programs are all listed in good standing.
Now in its ninth year, the APR formula is based on the percentage of eligibility and retention points earned by student-athletes receiving athletics aid in each sport. A 1000 APR, for instance, is a perfect score, and a 952 represents a 95.2 percent accumulation of all possible eligibility and retention points.
The current APR standards require Division I schools to have an APR score of 900 or better for the most recent four-year period or a 930 average over the last two years. All of MSU's programs exceed the 900 multi-year (four-year) rate, which includes the school years 2007-08 through 2010-11.
The multi-year APR for MSU's 16 programs are: baseball 941, men's basketball 902, football 926, men's golf 985, men's soccer 965, men's swimming 968, women's basketball 959, women's cross country 987, field hockey 985, women's golf 984, softball 974, women's soccer 982, women's swimming 969, women's indoor track 955, women's outdoor track 960, and volleyball 986.
Likewise, all MSU programs exceed the 930 average over the most-recent two-year period, except football (925) and baseball (914), which retained good standing by meeting the multi-year standard with the scores listed above.
Both the Missouri State men's basketball and football programs remain under the direction of an NCAA-approved improvement plan, put in place two years ago. The men's basketball single-year APR score jumped from 914 in 2009-10 to 953 in 2010-11 to show dramatic improvement. Similarly, the football score improved from 911 to 938 over the last year.
Missouri State Director of Athletics Kyle Moats noted his satisfaction with this year's NCAA report, but was quick to note that remaining in good standing with the NCAA is an ongoing process.
"This year's report is obviously great news for Missouri State and shows improvement in the areas we have targeted," Moats explained. "But as we have said before, and our coaches are aware, remaining in good standing with our APR scores is a priority for us. It's not easy, and there are some factors, particularly with retention, that are beyond our direct control. But, overall I think we are making strides in the right places, and I'm pleased with this year's numbers."
A number of Division I institutions received scholarship reductions and postseason ineligibility penalties based on failure to meet the NCAA's APR standards. Eight Division I men's basketball programs, for instance, will face postseason bans in 2012-13 for historical penalties.
The revised NCAA APR requirements will remain set for 2012-13 and 2013-14, but will change for 2014-15 to require a multi-year rate of 930 or 940 average for the most recent two years. By 2015-16, all programs must meet or exceed a 930 four-year rate.