BOISE, Idaho - The NCAA announced its multi-year academic performance rates (APR) for Division I teams today (June 9), which covers a four-year period from the academic years of 2005-06 to 2008-09, and Boise State has the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) highest rates in football, men's basketball, men's tennis, both indoor and outdoor men's track and field, and men's cross country.
The APR was developed by the NCAA in 2004 to measure the academic progress and performance of athletic programs at its member institutions. Boise State led the Western Athletic Conference in six of its 18 sports, earning the most No.1 rankings of any other WAC school. In addition, 14 of the Broncos' 18 programs ranked among the WAC's top three overall.
Along with the six sports previously mentioned, the Broncos ranked second in women's tennis, swimming and diving and women's cross country, while ranking third in women's basketball, women's golf, women's indoor track and field, women's outdoor track and field and women's soccer.
Earlier this spring, the Boise State men's basketball and cross country teams were honored by the NCAA as teams who have posted multiyear academic performance rates (APR) in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sport.
In the most recent 'single reporting year' (2008-09 school year) seven Bronco athletic teams earned 'perfect' scores of 1,000 scores including men's basketball, football, men's cross country, men's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field, gymnastics and swimming and diving.
The multi-year rates for the football team was 974, which ranks in the top 80th-90th percentile for all Division I football teams, with the average APR for D-I football programs being 944. Even more impressive, this is the fourth year the football team has claimed the conference top spot in APR.
The men's basketball team posted a score of 986 to rank in the 90th-100th percentile nationally among D-I men's basketball programs. This also marks the fourth consecutive year in which the Boise State men's basketball has led the WAC in APR.
In addition to leading the WAC in several categories, Boise State held the top spot in 12 sports within the state of Idaho. When compared to in-state rivals Idaho and Idaho State, the Broncos ranked first in football, men's basketball, women's basketball, swimming and diving, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's cross country, men's outdoor track and field, men's indoor track and field, women's soccer, women's outdoor track and field, and women's outdoor track and field.
The APR is determined by using the eligibility and retention for each student-athlete on scholarship during a particular academic year. Student-athletes are awarded one point for each semester they are enrolled and one point for each semester they are eligible for intercollegiate competition. A student-athlete can earn a maximum of two points per semester and a maximum of four points during an academic year.
The APR is calculated by taking the number of possible points for a particular sport and dividing that number by the total number of points earned from student-athlete retention and eligibility over the same period of time. The percentage is then multiplied by 1,000 to get the actual APR.
The NCAA does not penalize an institution for student-athletes who remain academically eligible but did not return to the institution due to circumstances beyond the student and/or institution's control. Examples of this include student-athletes who leave to pursue professional athletics, suffer from incapacitating physical or mental illness, or experience extreme financial difficulties as the result of a specific even such as a death in the family.
In addition, scholarship athletes who leave early but return to complete their degrees can also add points to their respective sport APR totals.
Complete information on the 2010 APR Report can be found at the NCAA's website, NCAA.org.