Bronco Football and Men's Basketball Tops WAC in APR Scores

                BOISE, Idaho - For the fifth-straight year, the Boise State University football and men's basketball teams have the top multi-year academic performance rates (APR) in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).                  

The NCAA announced its multi-year APR rates today (May 24).  This statistical analysis covers a four-year period for the academic years of 2006-07 to 2009-10. 

                Along with Boise State leading the WAC's APR efforts in football and men's basketball, the Broncos ranked second among league schools in seven other sports - women's golf, gymnastics, women's tennis, men's outdoor track and field, men's indoor track and field, men's cross country and women's outdoor track and field.

                "While it is certainly gratifying, Boise State's strong showing in the APR rankings is not surprising-it is our expectation that our student-athletes strive for the highest possible level of achievement," University President Dr. Bob Kustra commented.  "Boise State University is proud to be ranked among the very best in the nation in both academics and athletics.  Congratulations to our student-athletes in all sports for a job very well done." 

Last week the NCAA honored the Bronco football team with an APR public recognition award.  The award is presented to a school which posts multi-year APR rates in the top 10 percent for its specific sport. 

                This year's football team score of 981 ranks in the top 90th to 100th percentile for all Football Bowl Subdivision teams.  The average APR for FBS programs this year is 949.  Among the schools ranked in the final USA Today Coaches' Top-25 poll this past season, Boise State had the second highest score.  Ohio State had the top multi-year APR score of the top-25 teams at 985.

                Boise State's football program also had the top multi-year APR score among current members of the Mountain West Conference.  The next-highest to Boise State's score of 981 was a 978 by the Air Force Academy.  Boise State becomes an official member of the MWC on July 1, 2011. 

                "We spend a lot of time working with our players on their academic progress and take great pride in how our players perform in the classroom," Bronco Head Football Coach Chris Petersen stated.  "Academic success is just as important to me as victories on the football field.  Both go hand-in-hand for a successful overall program and I'm very proud of the efforts of our staff."

Football came within three points of recording back-to-back perfect scores of 1,000 with a single-year score of 997.  The Bronco football team was the only Boise State sport to post a perfect single-year score for the 2008-09 report. 

The men's basketball team score of 976 ranks in the 80th to 90th percentile among Division I programs. 

                In the most recent single reporting year (2009-10) the Bronco men's golf and women's outdoor track and field teams posted a perfect score of 1,000 points. 

In the 16 different sports listed in this year's report, Boise State had the top score among the three State of Idaho schools (Boise State, Idaho State & Idaho) in nine of the 16.  They include men's basketball, football, men's golf, women's golf, women's tennis, men's outdoor track and field, men's indoor track and field, women's outdoor track and field and women's indoor track and field. 

                "Once again this annual report shows that our coaching and academic staffs are doing an outstanding job with our student-athletes," Boise State Director of Athletics Gene Bleymaier commented.  "The academic performance of our student-athletes is something we work hard on every day and is a core value of our department.  Boise State's excellent performance in the APR underscores the commitment of the university to excellence in the classroom as well as in the athletic arena."

The APR was developed by the NCAA in 2004 to measure the academic progress and performance for athletic programs at its member institutions. 

                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-athletes retention and eligibility over the same period of time.  The percentage is then multiplied by 1,000 to get the actual APR.

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