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 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 2009-10 and extending through the 2012-13 academic year.
The association released its most recent Academic Progress Report to the public Wednesday.
The Bemidji State men’s hockey team scored a 963 in 2012-13 and ranks sixth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) with a multi-year score of 977 (2009-13), while the University’s women’s team earned 971 in the most recent data and carries a multi-year score of 978 to sit seventh when compared to its league counterparts.
In addition to continued success meeting the NCAA’s APR standards, the BSU men’s team posted 11 All-WCHA Academic selections and six players earn WCHA Scholar-Athlete awards in 2013-14. The women’s team had 11 student-athletes named to the WCHA All-Academic squad and five recognized as WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipients.
Nationally, the cumulative APR score of all men’s ice hockey programs was 984 to sit first among men’s sports.
Women’s ice hockey, gymnastics and skiing tied for first among women’s sports at 990.
The APR is derived each year from a formula, which represents the eligibility, retention and graduation rates of all student-athletes. A score of 930 has been established by the NCAA as the benchmark of satisfactory academic progress in every sport. The APR of 930 is equivalent to a graduation success rate of approximately 60 percent. In order to remain in good standing with the NCAA and eligible for postseason play, a program must maintain an APR of over 930 or average over 940 for the past two years. Every program in the WCHA received passing scores.
While the vast majority of 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 976, up two points over last year.
In terms of penalties this year, 93 teams from 48 institutions have been sanctioned for poor academic performance. Last year, 45 schools were penalized. According to the NCAA, the increase is not unexpected. The benchmark for penalties was raised from 900 to 930 this year.
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 www.ncaa.org.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).