Bemidji State remains in good academic standing with NCAA
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Bemidji State remains in good academic standing with NCAA
BEMIDJI, Minn. --  The Bemidji State University men’s and women’s ice hockey teams have again met the Academic Progress Rate (APR) standards set fourth by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA). These scores provide performance benchmarks for all NCAA Division I programs under the Association’s standards for academic progress and performance beginning with data from the 2006-07 and extending through the 2009-10 academic year.

The association released its most recent Academic Progress Report to the public Tuesday.

The Bemidji State men’s hockey team scored a 971 in 2009-10 and ranks fifth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) with a multi-year score of 978 (2006-10), while the University’s women’s team earned 942 in the most recent data and carries a multi-year score of 964 to sit seventh when compared to its league counterparts.

“Bemidji State athletic programs have a long history of academic success,” said BSU Director of Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb. “Our hockey programs, in particular, have excelled academically when compared with their peers.”

In addition to continued success meeting the NCAA’s APR standards, the BSU men’s team posted 21 All-WCHA Academic selections in 2010-11--far exceeding any of its peer association institutions. The women’s team had 15 student-athletes named to the WCHA All-Academic squad.  In addition, a WCHA-best 21 BSU student-athletes, 11 men’s and 10 women’s hockey players, were recognized as WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipients.

“The fact that these two programs have again met these standards comes as no surprise to us,” Goeb continued. “The NCAA score is an affirmation of the hard work and dedication of the coaching staffs of these two programs, and reflects their dedication to developing true student-athletes.”

Nationally, the cumulative APR score of all men’s ice hockey programs was 979, second among men’s sports behind only gymnastics (982).

Women’s ice hockey and lacrosse tied for second among women’s sports at 986 behind field hockey and gymnastics (988) despite scoring higher than any men’s sport.

Every program in the WCHA received passing scores.

The APR is derived each year from a formula which represents the eligibility, retention and graduation rates of all student-athletes. A score of 925 has been established by the NCAA as the benchmark of satisfactory academic progress in every sport. The APR of 925 is equivalent to a graduation success rate of approximately 60 percent.

While nearly all 6,385 eligible Division I teams are achieving or exceeding the standards for academic performance based on four years of APR data, teams scoring below certain thresholds can face penalties, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice and competition. Rates are based on the past four years’ performance.

According to the most recent figures, the latest four-year Division I Academic Progress Rate is 970, up three points over last year.

In terms of penalties this year, 103 teams at 67 schools have been sanctioned for poor academic performance. Last year, 137 teams at 80 schools were penalized, and two years ago 177 teams at 107 schools received penalties.

For more information on the standards the NCAA has set to reinforce its commitment to academics and to help ensure the quality education of its student-athletes, APR scores per institution, along with penalties per school and teams receiving public recognition, visit the NCAA’s website at