The NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) is a calculation that was designed to improve the academic standards of NCAA DI sports teams and the progress of NCAA Division I athletes toward graduation.
Each NCAA DI scholarship athlete has two potential “points” that they can earn for their team at the end of each semester that will impact each team’s Academic Progress Rate.
They can earn one “eligibility point” for being academically eligible each semester, and they can also earn the “retention point” if they are returning to their university for the following semester.
When a student-athlete transfers from an NCAA DI university, their team can lose a “retention point” unless the student-athlete has a GPA of at least 2.600.
If a school loses too many retention points, there are various penalties that can result, including not being allowed to re-award scholarships and in the most serious cases, the school may lose opportunities for post-season competition.
The NCAA DI Transfer Working Group has asked the NCAA Committee on Academics to study the impact of the Academic Progress Rate on transfers, and to recommend changes to increase accountability for universities that accept a large number of transfers.
According to a recent press release by the NCAA, the earliest that the NCAA Committee on Academics will begin its review of the Academic Progress Rate guidelines is in October. I will update as I get more information on the progress of the NCAA DI Transfer Working Group.
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