Summit League Continues Strong APR Showing
ELMHURST, Ill. – Twenty-one Summit League affiliated teams from nine institutions posted perfect scores in the NCAA’s latest Academic Progress Rates. The Summit League’s 21 perfect team scores are four more than last year’s total, a 23.5 percent increase.
Last week, an all-time high 22 Summit League teams were publicly recognized for posting multi-year APRs in the top 10 percent of each sport.
The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
The 21 Summit League affiliated teams who attained a 1,000 APR score are:
- Denver (Women’s Soccer)
- Eastern Illinois (Men’s Swimming)
- Fort Wayne (Women’s Golf)
- IUPUI (Women’s Golf, Men’s Outdoor Track & Field, Men’s Tennis)
- North Dakota State (Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Golf)
- Omaha (Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Golf, Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field, Women’s Tennis)
- South Dakota (Men’s Golf)
- South Dakota State (Women’s Basketball, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Tennis)
- Western Illinois (Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Tennis, Volleyball)
Four full-time Summit League institutions (IUPUI, North Dakota State, South Dakota State and Western Illinois) increased their number of perfect APR scores over last year’s total.
A total of 78 Summit League teams posted scores that exceeded the national average. The most recent four-year Division I APR is 976, up two points over last year.
Within their respective sports, 62 Summit League teams equaled or exceeded the national APR average. Among that total was 40 women’s teams across nine sports and 22 men’s squads over seven sports.
Among the NCAA’s highest-profile sports, the average four-year APR for men’s basketball is 957, up five points over last year while women’s basketball is 973, up one point, and baseball is 967, two more than last year’s figure. Within those three sports, 11 Summit League teams exceeded the national sport average:
- Men’s Basketball: Denver (995), South Dakota State (974),
South Dakota (970), IUPUI (968).
- Women’s Basketball: South Dakota State (1,000), Denver
(995), North Dakota State (987), South Dakota (986), Western
- Baseball: North Dakota State (993), South Dakota State (990).
Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face sanctions, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice. Rates are based on the past four years of performance.
APR scores per institution, along with penalties per school and teams receiving public recognition, are available online through the NCAA’s searchable database.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
in its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions, 62 All-Americans and 50 Academic All-America selections.