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DSC_0009Congratulations to the Bethune-Cookman football team for registering the conference’s highest mark on the latest NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Report.

The NCAA uses the APR to measure eligibility and retention of student-athletes, which it considers a predictor of graduation rates. A score of 925 is considered equivalent to a 50% graduation rate and achieving anything below that number is subject to penalties.  The APR is calculated on a rolling four year average commonly referred to as the “multi-year rate”.

Bethune-Cookman registered a multi-year score of 935 on the most recent APR report released on Tuesday.  BCU’s 935 was the highest amongst Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football teams.  North Carolina Central and Howard, whose football teams logged scores of 932 and 931 respectively, round out the conference’s top three APR performers.

The latest report substantiates BCU’s commitment to develop men on and off the football field.  In response to the latest report, BCU athletic director Lynn Thompson stated: “winning the MEAC football crown this year is great. However, having the highest APR score in the league validates for us the commitment of our coaching staff, academic support team and student-athletes in being winners in the classroom, on the playing field and in the community.”

Last year, the NCAA awarded the Wildcat football program the FCS ADA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Award for Most Improved MEAC school after improving its APR during the 2010-11 school year. 

Academic Progress Rate data for all sports can be accessed at http://web1.ncaa.org/maps/aprRelease.jsp.  The teams are searchable by sport, conference, institution, state, year, post season and penalty type.

Multi-Year APR Results for MEAC Football:

Sport

School

State

Academic Year

Multi-Year Rate

Penalties

Postseason

Football

Bethune-Cookman University

FL

2011   – 2012

935

Football

North Carolina Central University

NC

2011   – 2012

932

Football

Howard University

DC

2011   – 2012

931

Football

Morgan State University

MD

2011   – 2012

922

Football

South Carolina State University

SC

2011   – 2012

912

Football

Florida A&M University

FL

2011   – 2012

903

Football

Hampton University

VA

2011   – 2012

901

Football

Delaware State University

DE

2011   – 2012

901

Football

Savannah State University

GA

2011   – 2012

876

Level One Penalty – Practice   Reduction = Yes Postseason Ineligibility = Yes

Football

North Carolina A&T State University

NC

2011   – 2012

874

Football

Norfolk State University

VA

2011   – 2012

864

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