Mississippi State Continues To Exceed Academic Progress Rate Standings

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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 2010-11 academic year, the NCAA announced this afternoon.

Every Bulldog program eclipsed - in both multi-year and single-year rates - both the current 900 threshold and the 930 mark to take effect in the future.

The men's tennis and women's golf programs each posted a perfect score of 1,000 during the 2010-11 reporting period to lead all sports. Both teams also lead in the four-year average with 992.

"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 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 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.



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 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 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. That cut score will increase to 930 in a few years. 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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