LEWISBURG, Pa. – Once again this year all 27 of Bucknell varsity athletics teams have surpassed the NCAA’s academic performance standards. Using the Academic Progress Rate (APR) formula that tracks student-athlete eligibility and retention, every Bison team easily surpassed the NCAA’s benchmark of a 930 score, and 17 Bucknell programs have perfect 1,000 marks.
Just last week, Bucknell Athletics received 17 NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards, the third-highest total among all Division I institutions. On Wednesday, the NCAA followed up with the release of team-by-team APR data.
The APR is a formula created 13 years ago, and it is used by the NCAA to measure teams’ academic performance. Scores under 930 could result in certain NCAA-imposed penalties, including loss of scholarships and ineligibility for postseason play.
Under the APR system, a student-athlete can be awarded two points per semester -- one for remaining academically eligible throughout the semester and another for being retained for the next term. Team percentages are then calculated to determine its APR.
The latest APR data represents a four-year average for the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years. The NCAA evaluates programs based on a four-year rolling average.
According to the latest round of data, 17 Bison teams have perfect 1,000 scores in the four-year average. Those programs are baseball, men's basketball, field hockey, men's and women's cross country, women’s golf, men’s lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, women’s swimming and diving, women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, volleyball and men's and women’s water polo. For the first time this year, indoor and outdoor track and field are combined into one sport for APR calculations.
Men’s basketball is one of 18 programs in the nation with a score of 1,000. Men’s lacrosse is one of only three, joining Penn and Notre Dame. Men’s soccer and men’s water polo are both one of just six with a perfect score, while women’s water polo is in a group of eight programs with 1,000 marks.
In addition to the 17 teams with perfect APR scores, five other Bison squads – women’s basketball (989), men’s tennis (992), men’s swimming and diving (994), women’s lacrosse (995) and men’s golf (991) – are all at 989 or higher.
The national average for all sports is 979, up one point from last year's report.