BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s and women’s ice hockey teams have again met the Academic Progress Rate (APR) standards set forth 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 2014-15 and extending through the 2017-18 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 993 with a 981 in 2017-18, which matched University of Alabama-Huntsville, University of Alaska-Anchorage and Lake Superior State University for second in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The BSU women’s team earned a multi-year score of 994 in the most recent data and posted a perfect 1,000 in 2017-18 to tied University of Minnesota and Minnesota State University, Mankato for tops in the league. Both teams finished over the NCAA Division I averages.
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 15 All-WCHA Academic selections and 13 players earned WCHA Scholar-Athlete awards in 2018-19. The women’s team had league-best 19 student-athletes named to the WCHA All-Academic squad and led the WCHA with 14 recognized as WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipients.
Nationally, the cumulative APR score of all men’s ice hockey programs was 986 to sit fourth among men’s sports and women’s ice hockey, swimming, gymnastics, lacrosse and tennis were tied for third behind field hockey and skiing among women’s sports at 994, while the overall four-year rate across all NCAA Division I sports programs leveled out at 983 to match last spring’s record high score.
“We are proud of the continued high level of academic success Division I student-athletes achieve,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “We are seeing some flattening of the rates, which is not unusual given the large amount of data over a long period of time. But we will continue to focus on academic achievement and graduation as the ultimate goal for college athletes.”
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, eight teams will be ineligible for the 2019-20 postseason due to low academic progress rates, which is down from 17 a year ago, while 20 teams, or less than one percent of NCAA Division I teams, have been sanctioned for poor academic performance. On the flip side, 1,214 teams posted perfect ARP scores of 1,000 and the NCAA publicly recognized 1,328 teams with multi-year scores ranking among the top 10-percent of NCAA Division I teams.
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).
Portions of this release courtesy of NCAA.com