Indiana scores perfect on APR for 4th straight year

  • 05/14/2014 2:29 pm in

Indiana basketball’s multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) added a fourth consecutive score of 1,000 under Tom Crean, according to data released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA.

Indiana is the only Big Ten school to earn a perfect APR score in men’s basketball in each of the last four years.

Here’s the full APR release from IU Athletics:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After inheriting a program that would be put on public notice for poor APR performance in 2009, Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has seen his program earn a fourth straight perfect score of 1,000, the only Big Ten men’s basketball program to achieve such success according to the NCAA’s most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate report released May 14.

“Academic success is a critical component to thriving as a true student athlete at Indiana University,” said IU coach Tom Crean. “Our staff and Marni Mooney deserves the bulk of the credit for keeping our guys on task daily. When you measure our APR, record of graduating players and the academic awards and honors our players have received recently, we believe we are as strong in this area as anyone in the country.”

The Academic Progress Rate is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. Last week, the NCAA recognized the men’s basketball program with its second straight APR Public Recognition Award, which is given to high-performing teams that posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in their particular sports.

In May of 2009, the IU men’s basketball program was well below the national average, ranked 325 out of 341 Division I schools. The Hoosiers received an APR score of 866, down almost 70 points from the national average of 933 and also under the NCAA’s minimum limit of 925.

Confidence in Crean’s ability to move the program forward was never in doubt.

“We took the public notice very seriously,” IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass said. “The poor academic performance for which we were being cited for occurred under two coaches prior. Tom Crean’s leadership and commitment to academics, allowed us to put our issues fully in the past in exemplary fashion.”

Academically, IU is tied for the most Big Ten All-Academic citations since 2010 with 27. In addition, twenty-one players have earned degrees at IU, while five have left holding a master’s degree as well. A handful of players including Victor Oladipo earned their bachelor’s degree in three years and Jordan Hulls and Derek Elston both earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in four years.

The Hoosiers are 73-31 during the last three years and were ranked No. 1 in the country for the majority of the 2012-13 season. Their 2013 Big Ten championship was its first outright league title in 20 years.

Indiana has defeated a national best 10 programs ranked in the top 10 in the last three years and also leads the Big Ten with 15 regular season wins against the Top 25 in that same span.

Also, Crean has mentored two NBA lottery picks (Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller), a National Player of the Year (Oladipo), a first team All-American (Oladipo and Zeller), a first team Academic All-American (Zeller) and a Senior Class Award (Jordan Hulls) with the Hoosiers.

Kyle Taber (Sport Marketing Management)
Devan Dumes (General Studies)
Tijan Jobe (General Studies)
Steven Gambles (General Studies)
Brett Finkelmeier (Biochemistry)
Jeremiah Rivers (General Studies)
Tom Pritchard (Sport Communication Broadcast/Masters in Sport Management)
Matt Roth (Sport Communication Broadcast/Masters in Sport Management)
Verdell Jones III (Sport Communication Broadcast)
Kory Barnett (Sport Communication Broadcast)
Daniel Moore (Sport Communication Print)
Jordan Hulls (Exercise Science/Masters in Sport Administration)
Derek Elston (Sport Communication Broadcast/Masters in Sport Administration)
Christian Watford (Sport Communication Broadcast)
Maurice Creek (Sport Communication Broadcast)
Victor Oladipo (Sport Communication Broadcast)
Austin Etherington (SPEA/Management)
Evan Gordon (Masters in Sport Administration)
Jeff Howard (Business)
Will Sheehey (Legal Studies)
Taylor Wayer (Sport Marketing/Management)

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  • Well Done!

  • HoosierDavey

    Fantastic job to all the players, coaches, and advisors! We are a model for what it means to be a student athlete at the moment and I applaud that!

  • CreamandCrimson

    Well done. Tom Crean and staff have their faults but they run a very clean and academically strong program and for that, we can be proud.

  • Guest

    Agreed 100%.

  • Joe Vance

    Agree 100%.

  • Brian Goodman

    I would love to see Kentucky’s press release on this matter

  • AZIU71

    Needed some good news and momentum. Nothing but positive out of this report.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    And here’s another “agree”. This is one achievement that deserves attention and should be celebrated as an excellent and worthwhile accomplishment. Good for them!

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    I think it’d just be a picture of their coach shrugging and blushing. 😀 😉

  • Alford Bailey

    So what you are saying is you CAN win in the classroom and on the court. See, I knew it was possible.

  • KmanCRK

    Proud to say this is our program.

  • Alford Bailey

    Applaud Crean, the staff and the players. Well done. Coach has got this part of job down pat for sure.

  • SCHoosier

    Terrific!! ..Now make certain each parent of every recruit on the 2015 board gets a personal note from Coach Crean with this release.

  • JH Horne

    Of course, getting a 4.0 and “graduating” from ky is like beating Ray Charles at darts.

  • Oldfan

    I still think that the NCAA should penalize programs such as Kentucky
    that don’t graduate hardly any players. If a certain percentage of
    players don’t graduate a program should be penalized one or two
    scholarships. It is a lot harder to graduate a player than to get a
    one-and-done player through one year of fluff courses.

  • bpw97214

    I’ll be the first to admit that I am one of Crean’s staunchest critics, but this is great accomplishment. He deserves a ton of credit!

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Hey, I’m not sayin’ this makes me like Kentucky. 😀

  • Swishmac IU

    I am not sure how many of you saw the stat during March Madness showing graduation rates (from 2009-2013) of this year’s participating Sweet 16 programs (obviously IU not included). Of those 16 programs, Wisky had the highest graduation rate at 94% and UConn was the lowest with 0 – yes ZERO! Scumtucky even had a better rate than UConn. How are programs allowed to achieve 0% graduation and still participate.

  • Outoftheloop

    This IS part of the duty of the head coach! Well done Coach Crean and the full basketball staff!

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    A lot of Sport Communication Broadcast degrees.

  • RUTuffEnuff

    I think in my days on campus, it was known as a HPER degree because that’s what most of the jocks seemed to major in!

  • JWaltFTW

    Sports…Sports…Sports…Legal Studies…Sports..
    Good ole Sheehey!

  • marcusgresham

    I had a UK fan bragging about one of Calipari’s tweets about the cumulative GPA being over 3.0 or something like that. The guy I know is a typical UK fan, and just couldn’t accept the fact that it’s far easier to have a high GPA when you’re only taking one semester of entry-level courses, as opposed to guys earning degrees and masters degrees.

  • marcusgresham

    That’s why UConn wasn’t in the tournament last year. I’m willing to give Ollie a pass for a year or so, because that’s all on Jim Calhoun, who I don’t like much more than Calipari.

  • marcusgresham

    I can’t help but think a broadcast featuring Derek Elston would be nothing if not entertaining.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I was surprised to not see more business degrees. A degree in business is so versatile and can get you in the door of almost any company.

  • ForeverIU

    Sorry folks, hate to be the buzz kill here, but I’m not impressed. What is a Sport Communication Broadcast degree beyond a stamp? It looks like the McDonaldization of education to me.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I can’t help but think the same thing. That is a very specific field of study and the market for people with these type of degrees can’t be that wide open. I mean, there’s only one Dicky V baby!

  • ForeverIU

    Maybe I’m rushing to judgement. Here is part of the description of the major on the IU website (It’s a concentration within Kinesiology). LOL, students can put their Facebook, twitter and text-messaging and other social media skills to good use.

    “With the cooperation of the Department of Telecommunications and the School of Journalism, the Department of Kinesiology offers undergraduate programs in sport communication—broadcast and print, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree. The sport communication-broadcast emphasis concentrates on courses in new and electronic media, such as social media and Internet, television, radio, and other technologies. Additionally, both specialization areas offer
    instruction in advanced new media technology, such as blogging,
    podcasting, and online communications.”

  • Bled4IU

    I know a lot of people that are employed in fields that are completely different than what their degree is for. For most of these guys, the fact that they are a former division 1 athlete, along with any type of 4 year degree will put them on the short list for employment. If they are trying to get a job in Indiana, the fact that they wore candy stripes will get them in the door for a good job. Kinesiology is the study of body movement, could lead them into a pretty broad area for employment in the fitness, health, & sports areas. I will have to agree though, was surprised that so many had this degree.

  • N71

    Has Kentucky also figured out a way to cheat at the APR scoring system (989, same as wisconsin) like they have with recruiting? Truly…what is going on down there?

  • Samuel P. Gaskins

    Sure, something is suspicious: kids interested in sports obtaining sports-related degrees. It is just like when I was at IU: those of us who were interested in chemistry were receiving chemistry-related degrees. Go figure.

  • marcusgresham

    I was a broadcasting major, but at USI, so I have a little insight here. They probably learn the entire broadcasting spectrum—on-air performance (which would include voice & diction classes, communications classes, how to conduct a proper interview, writing copy, etc.) as well as audio/video production classes (photography/filming techniques, such as composition of a shot, editing, production,) mass com law/ethics of broadcasting. Is it brain surgery? Not necessarily, but it’s the same type of stuff the anchors and reporters you watch every night on the news did in college, it’s just more specifically aimed at sportscasting.

  • marcusgresham

    It’s my understanding that as long as a student is in good academic standing when he/she leaves the program, it doesn’t count against the school (unless you’ve been there longer than the time it should have taken you to graduate and you haven’t done so.)
    Since a lot of their guys are there for a year (and probably a semester, because odds are a few of them just drop and cancel those 2nd semester classes as soon as UK gets bounced from the tournament—thank you, again, UConn & Robert Morris—so those don’t count against the APR either,) it isn’t all that difficult to have a good GPA when you’re just taking stuff that can be found in the course directory under “101.”

  • ForeverIU

    I appreciate that. But it frankly sounds like a major that was devised specifically to get players through the system, and that’s fine. Maybe if I were a player or player’s parent I’d want some assurance that my son/daughter will graduate with a degree. But it doesn’t tell me we’re special academically. We figured out a way to bring the classroom to the player instead of the player to the classroom. While we can make good arguments for it, I don’t think it makes us “better” academically than other schools.

  • Kyl470

    Exactly. When you are in school for one semester it isn’t hard to take the PE classes like Intro to Basketball and add in some basic math and writing classes as well.

  • ForeverIU

    LOL! You missed my point, but you’re funny.

  • briefus

    I wish I saw more variety in the studies, but I’m happy they are graduating with something. I can’t blame the kids for wanting to study something they enjoy most as part of the collegiate studies (sports, broadcasting, social media, etc)… even if it is a program made up just for them. The only thing that would REALLY DISLIKE, is if we learned the program were pushing/forcing kids into these weaker studies so they have more time to spend in the gym, and less time to spend on studies… If someone ‘wants’ to study pre-law, business, chemistry, etc, I hope our staff promotes things like that as well.

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    Good thing is, a lot of our major contributors are graduating (some of them early) and we’re not solely depending on our end-of-the-bench GPA/APR drones to do all the work…..

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    Credit definitely to Crean and his staff, but by all accounts, a big chunk of the credit is due to Marni……BRAVO!!!

    Proud to be a Hoosier!

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    Good thing is, a lot of our major contributors are graduating (some of them early) and we’re not solely depending on our end-of-the-bench GPA/APR drones to do all the work…..

  • ForeverIU

    What is “sports-related” to you? Bob Knight studied history and government at OSU, Brad Stephens economics at DePauw (in the prestigious Management Fellows program). David Robinson: mathematics. Etc. etc. Basketball is not a “content area” in the same way that chemistry is.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    God bless ‘im! He even sets himself apart from the crowd in the Degrees list!

  • MillaRed

    The thing to appreciate here is the fact all student athletes have this opportunity in front of them regardless of the institution. At Indiana, we are excelling in this area where others are not.

    I would like to think of this as a major recruiting tool for players/parents that actually care about academics. And there are many.

    Not the biggest Crean supporter. But in no way can I not give him a ton of credit and be very proud our kids are graduating.

  • nmstan

    “Indiana basketball”

    Go Hoosiers!