BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State men's basketball and cross country teams were honored by the NCAA as teams who have posted multiyear academic performance rates (APR) in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sport. The NCAA announced the public recognition as part of the 2010 NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program (APP).
Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear APR. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams who demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
While this year's APR numbers have yet to be released, last season the men's basketball team posted a score of 962, marking the third consecutive year in which Boise State men's basketball led the Western Athletic Conference in APR, while the men's tennis team was a "perfect" 1000.
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.
The APR was developed by the NCAA in 2004 to measure the academic progress and performance of athletic programs at its member institutions. Overall Boise State led the WAC's APR efforts in five sports in 2009, including football, men's basketball, men's tennis, men's outdoor track and 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.