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IU men’s basketball and 12 other Hoosier programs earn perfect APR scores

The win total is not the only thing trending favorably for the IU men’s basketball program.

Men’s basketball posted a perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 1,000 for the 2018-19 academic year, and that comes on the heels of a 980 score for 2017-18.

After inheriting a challenging situation, head coach Archie Miller has led the program’s multi-year APR rise from 944 in the 2017-18 academic year up to 959 for 2018-19.

Under former head coach Tom Crean the 2016-17 APR reached a low point of 920, and Indiana’s four year average at the time Miller took over had the program dangerously close to being barred from NCAA Championship competition.  The program’s current multi-year rate is still tied for the third worst in the Big Ten, ahead of only Illinois and Penn State.

Men’s basketball was one of 13 IU Athletics programs to achieve the perfect score for 2018-19.

You can examine how different programs and different schools have performed via the NCAA’s APR database here.

Below is a full release from IU Athletics on its 2018-19 academic year APR performance.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University students who compete in intercollegiate athletics enjoyed a tremendous year in the classroom according to the latest NCAA Academic Progress Report (APR) data released today.  Thirteen of IU’s 22 programs earned perfect 1,000 APR scores for the 2018-19 academic year, and 15 programs equaled or improved their score from the previous year.

The thirteen IU programs that earned a perfect APR score for the 2018-19 academic year are men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s rowing, field hockey, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming, women’s tennis and women’s water polo.  That is IU’s third-most perfect single-year APR scores since the APR was introduced in 2003, exceeded only by the 15 in 2013-14 and the 14 last year.

The four IU programs that earned perfect multi-year scores of 1,000, meanwhile, were women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s golf and women’s tennis.  All of IU’s 22 programs easily met the required four-year average of 930 to be eligible for NCAA Championship competition during the 2020-21 season.

In all, Indiana University Athletics’ combined single-year APR score was 979.

The APR results come on the heels of an equally impressive Graduation Success Rate (GSR) performance in the fall. In October, the NCAA announced that IU scored a GSR of 91 percent, marking the seventh consecutive year that IU equaled or established a new record GSR score.

“Indiana University Athletics places a high priority on the academic achievement of our students, and we are very pleased and proud when we see these type of results from our students and our programs,” said IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass.

Earlier, the NCAA also gave the IU women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s golf and women’s tennis programs special recognition their multi-year APR scores, which ranked in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport based on the most recent APR reports (2015-16 through 2018-19).

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship.  The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance.

Noting The APR

• The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year formula of scores from the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.

• To compete in 2020-21 NCAA championships, teams must earn a 930 four-year average APR.

• The goal of the NCAA’s academic performance program is improvement, not punishment. Not only does the program ensure accountability for student-athletes, teams and institutions, but it also provides fairness by considering individual circumstances.

IU Athletics Program – 2018-19 APR/Multi-Year APR (2015-16 through 2018-19)

Baseball: 952/965
Men’s Basketball: 1000/959
Women’s Basketball: 1000/980
Men’s Cross Country: 971/991
Women’s Cross Country: 1000/1000
Field Hockey: 1000/1000
Football: 961/969
Men’s Golf: 1000/1000
Women’s Golf: 1000/986
Rowing: 1000/989
Men’s Soccer: 1000/985
Women’s Soccer: 1000/998
Softball: 1000/997
Men’s Swimming and Diving: 1000/990
Women’s Swimming and Diving: 990/995
Men’s Tennis: 971/971
Women’s Tennis: 1000/1000
Men’s Track and Field: 960/970
Women’s Track and Field: 978/993
Volleyball: 980/989
Water Polo: 1000/983
Wrestling: 924/967

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