The Division I membership is committed to embedding academics in Division I athletics. Members have implemented a series of policies to strengthen the preparedness of Division I student-athletes for college work and ensure they make steady progress toward a degree.
Additionally, college and university presidents believe schools should be held accountable for the academic performance of student-athletes. The NCAA developed the Academic Progress Rate (APR), a system that provides a snapshot in time for each academic term, allowing schools to intercede and help academically challenged student-athletes before it is too late. The rate is team-based and accompanied by a penalty system that includes sanctions for teams falling below a prescribed benchmark.
While a team’s APR belongs to that team alone, the membership decided that coaches should have some accountability for their team’s academic performance. To help provide that accountability, the NCAA created a database of APR scores for head coaches as well.
The NCAA’s ultimate goal is for student-athletes to graduate. Having a college degree gives student-athletes more options later in life.
Last Updated: Jul 24, 2013