Redbirds Once Again Surpass NCAA APR Threshold

June 27, 2012


NORMAL, Ill. - Associate Athletics Director of Compliance, Cindy Harris announced Monday that all of the athletic programs at Illinois State have exceeded the NCAA's threshold for Academic Progress Rate (APR). In addition, 16 of ISU's 19 programs finished above the national average. Men's cross country, men's tennis, women's tennis and volleyball achieved perfect 1,000 scores for the 2010-11 data year.

"With these latest APR scores we see once again that our student-athletes and coaches understand that academic success is at the forefront of our priorities here," Harris said. "We applaud all of the academic success of our student-athletes across all of our teams. Coming off another record-breaking semester with overall student-athlete cumulative grade-point-average and now these high APR scores, we have another big accomplishment to be proud of."

In addition, after compiling a 943 APR, the Redbird football team was honored by Division I the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) as a recipient of the most improved APR award in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The FCS ADA recognizes an institution at each of the 14 FCS conferences. Harris accepted the award on behalf of head coach Brock Spack and the football program at an awards luncheon Monday in Dallas, Texas.



The intent of the APR rating is to provide a real-time snapshot of an institution's current academic progress, and takes each scholarship student-athletes' eligibility status, retention and graduation into account on a term-by-term mathematical basis. Teams falling below a calculated APR score of 925 could lose up to 10 percent of their scholarships.

The NCAA began assessing schools APR in 2003-2004 and will report data on a four-year rolling scale from now on. Since this is the APR's first data set that will include four years of data, the NCAA has removed the statistical squad size adjustment that was formally applied and has protected some sport programs from incurring penalties in the past. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.