BOISE, Idaho - Boise State University's football team has been honored by the NCAA as having posted multi-year academic performance rates (APR) in the top 10 percent for Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools. The NCAA announced the public recognition as part of the 2011 NCAA Division Academic Performance Program (APP).
Each year the NCAA honors selected sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multi-year APR. Today's announcement is part of the NCAA's overall academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports.
While the newest multi-year (four-years) APR numbers will not be released until May 24 (Tuesday), last year the Bronco football team posted a perfect one-year score of 1,000 for a four-year average of 974, marking the fourth-consecutive season Boise State has claimed the top APR score in the Western Athletic Conference for football. The Broncos' 974 score tied for 12th last year among all FBS teams.
Along with football, last year Boise State also had the top scores among WAC schools in the sports of men's basketball, men's tennis, both indoor and outdoor men's track and field, and men's cross country.
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 providing 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.
Last year the Bronco men's basketball and men's cross country teams received academic recognition from the NCAA. In previous years the Boise State men's tennis team received public recognition in 2009 and the women's gymnastics team in 2006.
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 final scored 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 school's control.