Earlier this week, the NCAA released their annual report on the Academic Progress Rate among all Division I universities. The team over at Marketplace put together this infographic to highlight the top 16 performing football schools in terms of Academic Progress Rate.
Of the top sixteen schools, only Duke, Wisconsin, Stanford, and Clemson play football in one of the BCS conferences. Twelve schoold were penalized by the NCAA with ten of the schools receiving bowl bans. Among the ten schools were seven HBCUs. The NCAA has come under significant criticism for the way they calculate a school’s Academic Progress Rate (APR).
The NCAA provides an explanation of how the APR is calculated:
The Association holds Division I institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through the Academic Progress Rate, a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete, each term.
The Committee on Academic Performance oversees the Academic Performance Program, which sets policies and recommends legislative changes to the Board of Directors, which has the final say on rules changes in Division I.
Beginning with 2012-13 championships, teams must earn a minimum 900 four-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to be eligible to participate. For 2014-15 championships, teams must earn a 930 four-year average APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years to participate in championships. In 2015-16 and beyond, teams must earn a four-year APR of 930 to compete in championships.