Mississippi State Continues To Exceed Academic Progress Rate Standards

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STARKVILLE, Miss. - Each of Mississippi State's 16 athletic programs exceeded the NCAA's baseline Academic Progress Rate level for the 2011-12 academic year, the NCAA announced today.

Every Bulldog program eclipsed the current multi-year threshold of 900 as well as the 930 mark to take effect in the future.

The men's tennis team posted a perfect score of 1,000 during the 2011-12 reporting period to lead all sports and was recognized by the NCAA for earning a multi-year APR in the top 10 percent of teams around the nation with that mark. Baseball saw the biggest increase in its multi-year APR rate, jumping nine points to 962, while football (967), men's golf (994), men's tennis (1,000), men's outdoor track (956), women's indoor track (969) and women's outdoor track (959) each improved by more than five points.

"These academic progress rates show the commitment of our department to make sure our student-athletes are leaving with a foundation for the future," Athletic Director Scott Stricklin said. "Our coaches, academic staff and compliance department have all done a good job of ensuring our student-athletes are put in the best position to be successful."

The APR is derived from data submitted by Mississippi State for the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years. Each sport is listed with both an individual year rate as well as a multi-year rate derived from the previous four seasons.

The APR is based upon each student-athlete's opportunity to earn two points during each regular academic term, one if the student-athlete is academically eligible and another if the student-athlete returns to the institution for the following academic term. Each individual sport's APR number is derived by dividing the number of points earned by the number of points possible. A score below 900 could bring historical penalties, which could include playing or practice time restrictions and/or post-season bans. Contemporaneous penalties, which could include loss of scholarships, could be assessed for scores under 925.


ABOUT THE 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 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.Under the revised penalty structure, the Division I Board of Directors has set a cut score of 900 (out of 1,000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face possible sanctions. The cut score will increase to 930 in the near future. 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.


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