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Spartans continue to make strides in latest NCAA APR report

The NCAA released its latest Academic Progress Rate figures Wednesday, and the report shows that the Norfolk State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics continues to make significant improvements with student-athlete retention and graduation. Photo from NSUSpartans.com.

The NCAA released its latest Academic Progress Rate figures Wednesday, April 20, and the report shows that the Norfolk State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics continues to make significant improvements with student-athlete retention and graduation. Photo from NSUSpartans.com.

NORFOLK, Va. – The NCAA released its latest Academic Progress Rate figures Wednesday, April 20, and the report shows that the Norfolk State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics continues to make significant improvements with student-athlete retention and graduation.

The latest set of figures include data through the 2014-15 academic year. All NSU athletic programs scored above the required NCAA multi-year benchmark of 930, meaning that no Spartan team will face any penalties for the 2016-17 school year.

“I am so proud of the academic accomplishments of the student-athletes and their desire to achieve academic excellence. Over the past three years, they have worked very hard to improve the sports teams’ APR scores,” Miller said. “This is a tribute not only to the efforts of the student-athletes, but also to the athletics academic support staff as well as the administration. President Moore has been instrumental in providing the support for athletics to achieve these benchmarks.”

Eleven of the 13 NSU athletic programs improved their multi-year rate from last year’s NCAA APR release to this year’s. In addition, 11 of the 13 have multi-year scores at or above 940. For the 2014-15 academic year only, four NSU athletic programs scored a perfect 1,000: men’s tennis, men’s track and field, women’s basketball and women’s cross country. Spartan men’s track and women’s cross country had received penalties in previous years’ APR reports.

Implemented in 2003, the NCAA’s APR system holds institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for each academic term. A score of 930 equates to a graduation rate of 50 percent. The APR system includes rewards for superior academic performance and penalties for teams that do not achieve certain academic benchmarks. Those penalties can include practice restrictions and playing-season reductions. Data are collected annually, and results are announced in the spring.

Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.