STARKVILLE, Miss. – All 16 of Mississippi State’s varsity sports excelled in the NCAA’s annual report of Academic Progress Rates (APR), the association announced on Wednesday.
The APR is derived from data submitted by Mississippi State for the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. Beginning this academic year of 2012-13, teams must have earned a minimum 900 four-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to be eligible to participate.
“We are proud that our programs continue to excel in the NCAA’s academic progress rates,” said Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin. “Our student-athletes do a great job in the classroom and that is a testament to our coaches, academic staff and compliance staff. Graduation and providing our student-athletes with the necessary tools to succeed in the future is always our No. 1 priority.”
The women’s golf team was recognized for being in the top 10 percent of teams around the nation with a perfect 1,000 score. In addition to its classroom excellence, the squad is also preparing for a second consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championships.
The cross country programs made the biggest jump this year with the women going from 967 to 983 and the men improving from 964 to 980. For the third straight year, tennis was the highest scoring men’s team with a score of 993.
Football jumped seven points from last season to 974 in the multi-year APR, while women’s outdoor track climbed 13 points to 972. The football program has increased by at least six points in six consecutive years. The squad ranks fourth among all Southeastern Conference football teams in APR.
Men’s basketball continues its steady improvement by making the leap from 935 last season to 945 in 2012-13.
The Academic Progress Rate (APR) is a measure of classroom performance related to all participating NCAA Division I athletic programs. It is considered to be the NCAA’s “real-time” snapshot of academic progress, graduation and retention. Schools that fail to reach the NCAA’s minimum score can receive penalties that include loss of scholarships, public admonishment, restrictions on practice and competition and even expulsion from the NCAA.
MSU’s NCAA APR Scores
Cross Country, 980
Outdoor Track and Field, 960
Cross Country, 983
Indoor Track and Field, 973
Outdoor Track and Field, 972