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Jeff Kolpack, Published June 11 2013

NDSU's academic rate among athletics remains strong

FARGO – North Dakota State continued its trend of not sweating out the NCAA’s Division I academic progress rate with another fine showing in data that was released Tuesday.

The APR, as it is commonly called, is taking on greater significance in Division I athletics because of new NCAA academic standards slated to take effect in 2014-15.

The APR is a four-year calculation, with the latest year being 2011-12 that uses eligibility, graduation and retention of each student-athlete on scholarship as measuring sticks. Teams that fall below a 930 average over two years or a 900 multi-year score face possible sanctions such as postseason ineligibility. NDSU wrestling scored a 933 in 2011-12, which easily passes for now.

Men’s and women’s golf scored a perfect 1,000. All others were between football’s 952 and men’s cross country’s 994. The NCAA average for all sports was 974.

The Division I Board of Directors raised the standard to 930 in two years with legislation that was passed in 2011.

The NCAA said 36 teams face consequences for the 2013-14 season, but none of them are in NDSU’s competing conferences of the Summit League, Missouri Valley Football Conference or the Western Wrestling Conference.

Three Division I Football Championship Subdivision teams – Savannah State (Ga.), Mississippi Valley and Alabama State – are ineligible for the playoffs, although that is essentially a moot point since Savannah has never come close to making it and Mississippi Valley and Alabama State play in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, which doesn’t participate in the FCS playoffs.

If the 930 standard were in effect today, some teams in NDSU’s conferences would have some work to do. Youngstown State and Missouri State fell below that mark in the Missouri Valley Football. In the Summit, Western Illinois baseball and Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne men’s basketball were below 930. Nebraska-Omaha, which is going through a Division I reclassification and won’t be eligible until 2015-16, has some work to do with five sports including men’s basketball falling below 930.


Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546. Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia