Clemson continues excellence in NCAA APR

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CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson University's 19 athletic programs each exceeded the NCAA baseline Academic Progress Rate thresholds for the 2013-14 year, according to data released by the NCAA today.

The football, women’s golf and women’s diving programs were recognized last week for its multiyear total ranking among the top 10 percent of all programs. The football program is one of only five Football Bowl Subdivision programs ranked in the top 10 percent each of the last five years. Clemson is the only FBS program nationally to finish each of the last four seasons in the top 25 of both polls on the field, and in the top 10 percent of APR scores in the classroom.

During the 2013-14 academic year, a remarkable 12 programs posted perfect 1000 single-year scores, and each of the 19 programs posted a multi-year rate of over 950.

"The APR achievements announced today show a great commitment by our coaches and academic staff to ensure our student-athletes are put in position to succeed on and off the courts and fields of competition," Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich said.

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 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years. Under the revised penalty structure, the Division I Board of Directors has set a cut score of 930 (out of 1,000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face possible sanctions. An APR of 930 projects a 50 percent Graduation Success Rate (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.


Men’s Sports
Baseball – 990 – 1000
Basketball – 989 – 1000
Cross Country – 973 – 1000
Football – 984 – 994
Golf – 994 – 1000
Soccer – 954 – 988
Tennis – 971 – 982
Indoor Track – 967 – 1000
Outdoor Track – 967 – 1000

Women’s Sports
Basketball – 957 – 980
Cross Country – 992 – 1000
Diving – 1000 – 1000
Golf – 1000 – 1000
Rowing – 987 – 1000
Soccer – 989 – 991
Tennis – 983 – 1000

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – Athletic teams from Atlantic Coast Conference institutions continue to be among the top percentage of those at Division I colleges and universities that meet standards and excel academically, as reflected by Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released by the NCAA on Wednesday.

Each Division I institution is held accountable for the academic progress of its student-athletes through the APR, a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete, each term.

The Committee on Academic Performance oversees the Academic Performance Program, which sets policies and recommends legislative changes to the Board of Directors, which has the final say on rules changes in Division I.

Beginning with 2012-13 championships, teams were required to post a minimum 900 four-year average APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to be eligible to participate. For this year’s championships, teams were required to earn a 930 four-year average APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years to participate in championships. In 2015-16 and beyond, teams must earn a four-year APR of 930 to compete in championships.

ACC Highlights include:
• All 58 ACC football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball programs exceeded the required 930 APR average
• 12 ACC baseball teams are above the 969 national APR average
• 12 women’s basketball teams are above the national 973 APR average
• 11 men’s basketball teams are above the Division I 961 APR average
• 12 ACC football teams are above the FBS 960 APR average
• No ACC teams are subject to APR penalties for the fourth straight year

The ACC’s strong showing comes one week after 82 league teams received APR recognition awards, the most of any Power 5 conference.

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