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 2013-14 and extending through the 2016-17 academic year.
The association released its most recent Academic Progress Report to the public Wednesday.
The Bemidji State men’s hockey team scored a multi-year score of 990 in 2016-17, which matched Ferris State University and the University of Alabama-Huntsville for tops in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while the university’s women’s team earned 992 in the most recent data to rank second when compared to its league counterparts.
Both BSU programs have met the NCAA requirements since the APR program was initiated in 2003 and began reporting scores in 2005-06.
In addition to continued success meeting the NCAA’s APR standards, the BSU men’s team posted 18 All-WCHA Academic selections and 12 players earn WCHA Scholar-Athlete awards in 2017-18. The women’s team had 16 student-athletes named to the WCHA All-Academic squad and 13 recognized as WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipients.
Nationally, the cumulative APR score of all men’s ice hockey programs was 987 to sit fourth among men’s sports and women’s ice hockey, swimming and skiing were tied for second behind gymnastics among women’s sports at 992, while the overall four-year rate across all NCAA Division I sports programs is 983 and is up to points over last spring’s scores.
“We’ve seen a remarkable evolutionary shift in Division I over the last 14 years. Administrators, coaches and students all make academic achievement and graduation top focus areas,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “The APR is a powerful metric that leads ultimately to more graduates and more student-athletes with better opportunities after college.”
The APR was created to be a more real-time measurement of academic success that graduation rates in 2004. It 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 50 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.
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.
In terms of penalties this year, 35, or one percent of NCAA Division I teams, have been sanctioned for poor academic performance. On the flip side, 1,188 teams posted perfect ARP scores of 1,000.
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).