Boise State Posts the WAC's and State's Top Academic Performance Rates in Several Sports

BOISE, Idaho The NCAA announced its multi-year academic performance rates (APR) for Division I teams today (May 6), which covers a four-year period from the academic years of 2004-05 to 2007-08, and the Broncos have the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) highest rates in football, men’s basketball, men’s tennis, outdoor men’s track and field, and men’s cross country.

The APR was developed by the NCAA in 2004 to measure the academic progress and performance of athletic programs at its member institutions. Boise State led the Western Athletic Conference in five of its 18 sports, earning the most No.1 rankings of any other WAC school. In addition, nine of the Broncos’ 18 programs ranked among the WAC’s top three overall.

Overall Boise State led the WAC’s APR efforts in five sports, including football, men’s basketball, men’s tennis, men’s outdoor track and field, and men’s cross country. The Broncos ranked second in women’s basketball, and third in swimming and diving, men’s indoor track and field, and women’s soccer.

The multi-year rates for the football team was 966, which ranks in the top 80th-90th percentile for all Division I football teams, with the average APR for D-I football programs being 939. In addition, the Broncos rank among the top-5 APR football scores in the West (Pac-10, Mountain West, WAC) behind Stanford (984), Air Force (983) and California (970). Even more impressive, this is the third year the football team has claimed the conference top spot in APR.

The men’s basketball team posted a score of 962 to rank in the 70th-80th percentile nationally among D-I men’s basketball programs. They also rank among some of the best in the West as they tied with Air Force for sixth behind BYU (991), Oregon (975), Stanford (968), UCLA (968) and Utah (964). This marks the third consecutive year in which the Boise State men’s basketball has led the WAC in APR.

The Broncos men’s tennis team was "perfect" with 1000 and won recognition last week by NCAA, while the men’s outdoor track & field team posted a score of 950 and men’s cross country recorded a team score of 984.

In addition to leading the WAC in several categories, Boise State held the top spot in eight sports within the state of Idaho. When compared to in-state rivals Idaho and Idaho State, the Broncos ranked first in football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, swimming, men’s outdoor track & field, and men’s cross country.

The APR is determined by using the eligibility and retention for each student-athlete on scholarship during a particular academic year.  Student-athletes are awarded one point for each semester they are enrolled and one point for each semester they are eligible for intercollegiate competition.  A student-athlete can earn a maximum of two points per semester and a maximum of four points during an academic year. 

The APR is calculated by taking the number of possible points for a particular sport and dividing that number by the total number of points earned from student-athlete retention and eligibility over the same period of time.  The percentage is then multiplied by 1,000 to get the actual APR.

The NCAA does not penalize an institution for student-athletes who remain academically eligible but did not return to the institution due to circumstances beyond the student and/or institution’s control. Examples of this include student-athletes who leave to pursue professional athletics, suffer from incapacitating physical or mental illness, or experience extreme financial difficulties as the result of a specific even such as a death in the family.

Complete information on the 2009 APR Report can be found at the NCAA’s website, NCAA.org.

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