All 16 of Mississippi State’s varsity sports excelled in the NCAA’s annual report of Academic Progress Rates (APR), the association announced on Wednesday.
For the second straight year, the nationally-ranked women’s golf team led the way with a 992 score. Men’s tennis topped all Bulldog male sports with a mark of 986.
“Our APR numbers continue to show the hard work our students put into their studies,” said MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin. “It’s also a testament to our coaches, faculty and support staff who continue to enhance the MSU student experience. It will always be our mission to give our students the tools to be successful in life beyond their playing careers.”
Baseball and women’s tennis made the biggest improvements, each increasing by nine points over the 2012-13 multi-year rate. Baseball’s 963 score was the program’s highest mark since 2009-10. Women’s tennis climbed from 965 to 974.
Softball scored MSU’s second-highest overall total, jumping from 986 in 2012-13 to 990 in 2013-14. Men’s golf was MSU’s second-highest men’s varsity score at 988.
The Bulldog football team earned a rate of 971, 15 points above the national average and sixth-best among all Southeastern Conference football programs.
The APR is derived from data submitted by Mississippi State for the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years. Currently, teams must earn a 930 four-year average APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years to participate in NCAA championships. In 2015-16 and beyond, teams must earn a four-year APR of 930 to compete in championships.
The Academic Progress Rate (APR) is a measure of classroom performance related to all participating NCAA Division I athletic programs. It is considered to be the NCAA’s “real-time” snapshot of academic progress, graduation and retention. Schools that fail to reach the NCAA’s minimum score can receive penalties that include loss of scholarships, public admonishment, restrictions on practice and competition and even expulsion from the NCAA.
MSU’s NCAA APR Scores
Cross Country, 970
Outdoor Track and Field, 952
Cross Country, 969
Indoor Track and Field, 962
Outdoor Track and Field, 961
(From MSU Media Relations)