Indiana scores perfect on APR for 5th straight year

  • 05/21/2015 8:25 am in

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

The program also received an APR Public Recognition Award for the third straight year.

Here’s the full release issued by IU:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For the third straight year, Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean will see his program earn an 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. Thirty-nine institutions were honored.

“Our staff and Marni Mooney keeps all involved on task, the players understand our commitment to their education, and everyone in the program takes tremendous pride in our academic success,” said IU coach Tom Crean. “Our players consistently exceed their own expectations and reach new heights that are as rewarding an achievement as they experience.”

This is the fifth straight year that IU has achieved a perfect APR single-year score of 1,000. This year, IU was one of eight teams to earn an APR Public Recognition Award and play in the NCAA Tournament a year ago. Just 22 Division I programs that play men’s basketball have received this honor in each of the last three years.

Academic Progress Rate is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team.

“Our expectation is that we have the same commitment to a player’s success with their classwork as we do with their player development,” Crean said. “I’m proud of what our players have achieved.”

Since Crean has arrived at IU 22 players have earned degrees including 21 bachelor’s degree’s and five master’s degrees.

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  • TomJameson

    That is a great achievement. Congratulations to CTC, Marni Mooney, the staff, and the administration for realizing the importance of the student part of the student athlete! I wonder what the streak of 1,000 APR score is? I’m looking at 5 as pretty darn good.

  • jmac

    Coach and staff deserve much love. Academics what College is all about.
    Now let’s work the kinks out of the substitution patterns and we will have something! 🙂

  • hoosierjakester

    Congrats Coach Crean, staff and players!

  • At the Quarries

    I don’t have a problem with the substitution patterns 🙂 We only start noticing them when we’re losing, ha.

  • At the Quarries

    Congrats to IU basketball. The perfect APR simply means that all of our players stayed in school for the year and remained eligible (as I understand it). A perfect APR is not a measure of grades (other than to say a player’s grades were above the passing minimum to remain in good standing). So in theory a program can have a less-than-perfect APR but have higher overall grades for the players. Some schools with more demanding academics might also be perfectly okay with having less than perfect APRs. Not trying to be negative here, just making sure I know what I’m celebrating. Because it happens every year, and I never quite understood what the metric is all about. Go Hoosiers!

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    We always post so many negative comments on articles that aren’t so favorable that I felt I should take a minute to say great job, Coach Crean and all the academic advisory staff he has put in place! All of IU Nation thirsts for greatness and winning, but deep down in the bedrock of the program, we want our athletes to earn an education and this is how the NCAA measures that progress. Good stuff!

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    For all the criticisms leveled at the program and coach, ranging from frivolous to deserved, this achievement is one that merits enthusiastic praise. It’s not easy to juggle grades and what is essentially a full-time job (being a scholarship athlete), but the guys are doing it. And that is a terrific accomplishment.

  • Zach

    I agree. While they are a bit wonky at times, people just exaggerate and look for something to blame when we’re not winning

  • IU track Alumni

    Alex or anyone that knows more in detail, can you help me better understand? Does a perfect score mean everyone is on track to graduate or is it based on a curve in comparison to other teams? Are transfer player that are still taking classes included? Do walk-ons count?

  • At the Quarries

    I’m not saying I’m not happy with the APR results. But there’s a whole lot of literature out there on the debates surrounding the APR and its soundness for the educational health of an institution and students. One critique, for example, is that the obsession with eligibility puts undue pressure on student athletes and advisors, often at the expense of students’ freedom to explore a wider array of courses and majors, and thus on the quality of an education. Again, I don’t want to take away from the celebration here, but since you are speaking for “IU Nation”, I thought I’d put in my two cents, as a citizen of IU Nation, and an educator myself.

  • Kyl470

    I have no idea how the APR works, but I’m glad to see we are doing well there. I also saw UK got a perfect score as well so I’m really even more confused about what this measures.

  • At the Quarries

    Each student athlete gets a point for remaining a student in good standing for the year (for being “retained” as a student), and a point for remaining eligible for the scholarship. All the points are added up and divided by the maximum number of points (2 points per athlete), and the result multiplied by a 1000. It measures yearly progress. Transfers with good academic standing don’t count against the APR.

  • InTheMtns

    APR includes scholarship players only and it is meant to measure progress toward graduation. As At the Quarries explains below, each scholarship player earns one retention point for staying in school and one eligibility point for being academically eligible.

    The APR is measured each semester and it is not based on comparison to other teams. The NCAA does not count transfers or players who leave early for the NBA against the APR as long as the player is in good academic standing at the time.

    The NCAA calculates the rate as a rolling, four-year figure and teams that fail to achieve an APR score of 930 face penalties ranging from scholarship reductions to progressively intense sanctions like restrictions on scholarships and practice time to a ban on post-season competition ( such as UConn being barred from postseason play in 2012–13 due to sub-par APR scores).

  • Kyl470

    So if a player took 15 credit hours and got a “D” in all his classes he still gets the 15 credits so he is still on pace to graduate he would still get perfect score. Is that right? Wrong? I’m just trying to some what understand the system.

  • At the Quarries

    I’m not sure what the grade cut-off for “good standing” is. I’m sure the scholarship has its own grade requirements, regardless of what the university’s minimum “passing” grade is. But regardless, my understanding is that a student athlete on scholarship either gets that point or doesn’t at all; there is no gradation.

  • At the Quarries

    Wow, so if you have, say, 13 scholarship players, if you lose two points out of 26 (two points per athlete on scholarship) then you’re right there at the cut-off (actually it comes out to 923, a bit under 930). It puts incredible pressure on programs, no?

  • InTheMtns

    It does puts pressure on programs to stay on top of academics. But the NCAA calculates the rate as a rolling, four-year figure – that way an academic problem with one scholarship player doesn’t have an overwhelming affect. The rolling average lets them see if the problem shows an academic trend or an aberration and it also gives athletic programs a chance to adjust their practices.

  • brntn

    Is APR calculated based on the roster at the end of the season, or sometime after?

  • Outoftheloop

    No one who appreciates the concept of “student-athlete” can deny the importance of this fact: ” This is the fifth straight year that Crean’s program has achieved a perfect APR single-year score of 1,000, and IU was one of only eight teams to earn an APR award and play in the NCAA Tournament last season.” Now if we can maintain the academic performance AND make the Final Four, life will be good! Can anyone please give us the full list of the 8 schools?

  • Outoftheloop

    I think that all D’s would result in academic probation not good standing. Anyone know?

  • InTheMtns

    “Academic good standing” means having at least a 2.6 GPA, I think.

  • InTheMtns

    It’s calculated at the end of each semester and reported at the end of the school year. It includes all the scholarship players on the roster.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    ummm, but our defense sux!