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 2015-16 and extending through the 2018-19 academic year.
The association released its most recent Academic Progress Report to the public Tuesday.
The Bemidji State men’s hockey team recorded a multi-year score of 995 with a perfect 1,000 for 2018-19, which matched Minnesota State University, Mankato, Bowling Green State University and University of Alaska-Anchorage for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association lead. The BSU women’s team earned a multi-year score of 992 in the most recent data and also posted a 1,000 in 2018-19 to tie University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Wisconsin and The Ohio State University for tops in the league. Both teams are above 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 16 All-WCHA Academic selections and 10 players earned WCHA Scholar-Athlete awards in 2019-20. The women’s team had 20 student-athletes named to the WCHA All-Academic squad and a league-best 18 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 was tied with beach volleyball, golf, field hockey and fencing for fifth among women’s sports at 991, 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.
“The Committee on Academics commends Division I students engaged in intercollegiate athletics for their hard work and depth of commitment to success in both academic and athletic pursuits,” said John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University and chair of the Division I Committee on Academics. “The strong academic standards provided by the Academic Performance Program have led to thousands of students graduating and gaining access to the lifelong benefits of a college education. We are proud of them for their accomplishments and Division I member institutions for their dedication to a common framework for sustained student achievement.”
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 metric, which represents the eligibility, retention and graduation rates of all student-athletes. A four-year 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.
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