SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University student-athletes continue to excel academically and continue to be some of the best in the country, according to date released Tuesday by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Five teams were recognized with Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards, while all 19 varsity sports were above the national APR average for their respective sport.
The five teams that were recognized with APR Public Recognition Awards were Volleyball, Men's Tennis, Women's Cross Country, Women's Soccer and Baseball.
Other APR Notes
- Bryant's five public recognition awards were the most of any Northeast Conference school.
- Bryant had four sports (Women's XC, Women's Soccer, Volleyball and Men's Tennis) earn a perfect APR score of 1000.
- The multi-year APR rate for women's basketball was well above the national average (Bryant women – 991, national average – 983).
- Bryant's football team posted an APR of 985, well above the national average of 961.
- Bryant women's soccer and volleyball have posted perfect APR scores of 1000 each of the last 11 years.
Georgetown President John J. DeGioia, chair of the Division I Committee on Academics, which oversees the Academic Performance Program, noted the academic achievement of Division I college athletes.
"The Committee on Academics commends Division I students engaged in intercollegiate athletics for their hard work and depth of commitment to success in both academic and athletic pursuits," DeGioia said. "The strong academic standards provided by the Academic Performance Program have led to thousands of students graduating and gaining access to the lifelong benefits of a college education. We are proud of them for their accomplishments and Division I member institutions for their dedication to a common framework for sustained student achievement."
For the first time, a portion of NCAA revenue is being distributed this year to members based on the academic achievement of student-athletes, including APR scores.
Each school can earn one academic achievement unit per year if its student-athletes meet at least one of the following requirements:
- Earn an overall single-year all-sport Academic Progress Rate of 985 or higher.
- Earn an overall all-sport Graduation Success Rate of 90% or higher.
- Earn a federal graduation rate that is at least 13 percentage points higher than the federal graduation rate of the student body at that school.
The APR, created to provide more of a real‐time measurement of academic success than graduation rates offer, is a team‐based metric where scholarship student-athletes earn one point each term for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating. Schools that don't offer scholarships track their recruited student‐athletes.
Every Division I sports team submits data to have its Academic Progress Rate calculated each academic year. The NCAA reports both single‐year rates and four‐year rates, on which penalties for poor academic performance are based. National aggregates are based on all teams with usable, member‐provided data. APRs for each team, lists of teams receiving public recognition and those receiving sanctions are available online through the NCAA's searchable database.