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Saturday, July 2, 2022

NCAA athletes still excel in class despite pandemic

Indianapolis ( Associated Press) — The NCAA said Tuesday that college athletes are excelling in the classroom, even though some could not attend in person.

NCAA announces four-year overall academic progress rate Hit 984, a single point increase compared to the most recent publicly available data from May 2020.

College sports’ biggest governing body opted not to release last year’s figures due to the impact of the pandemic and decided not to penalize any team for failing to hit the 930 cutline for the second year in a row.

Each team from each school scores one point. Scholarship players accumulate one point each semester for remaining academically eligible and another point each semester for remaining enrolled on campus or at the undergraduate level. Teams that do not offer scholarships are calculated based on the players who were recruited.

Any team that consistently falls below 930 points may face penalties, which can range from reduced practice hours to post-season sanctions. While critics argue that the measurement is not an accurate way to determine academic performance, scores have improved steadily over the 18-year history of the APR.

This year, men’s basketball jumped a 2-point jump to 968. Baseball players (977), football players (964) and women’s basketball players (983) all remained with the numbers posted in the 2020 report.

“APR data continues to demonstrate the high level of academic achievement of our student-athletes and teams and their resilience to excel in the intercollegiate landscape through the global pandemic and instability,” said Diane Harrison, Division I Committee on Academics Chairwoman Said. “The public release of this APR data, while the penalty is suspended, is an appropriate interim step.”

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