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Notre Dame’s football program scored a 972 in a new NCAA academic report. Indiana, Purdue, Ball State and IPFW also excelled.

State schools excel in academic report

Programs exceed new NCAA standards

Notre Dame’s 26 athletic programs exceeded the APR minimum standards, and 11 Irish teams earned perfect 1,000 scores this year in the newest Academic Progress Rate, which was released Wednesday.

The APR is billed as a real-time measurement of academic success. Each player on a team receives one point each semester if they remain academically eligible and another point each semester if they are still enrolled in school. The NCAA says a 930 score correlates to a 50 percent graduation rate. A perfect score is 1,000.

Notre Dame’s 11 perfect scores – which came in men’s cross country, fencing, golf, lacrosse, tennis, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field, women’s cross country, softball, swimming and diving and volleyball – was second among FBS schools. Stanford had 12 perfect scores.

The Irish football team had a 972 APR, down from last year’s 973. The men’s basketball team had a 995, down from last year’s 1,000. The women’s basketball team had a 968 for a second straight year.

Indiana’s 24 athletic programs exceeded the NCAA’s minimum standards for Academic Progress Rate, and 15 sports earned a perfect APR score of 1,000.

Hoosiers men’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s golf and women’s tennis earned perfect multiyear APR scores.

Indiana football had a score of 972, up from 963 a year ago. The baseball team fell from 982 to 974. The men’s basketball team, which has earned a perfect score four years in a row, was the only Big Ten team to earn one this year.

Purdue’s 20 teams exceeded the NCAA’s minimum standards for Academic Progress Rate, and six of those teams earned perfect scores of 1,000 this year.

Boilermakers baseball, softball, volleyball, men’s tennis, women’s cross country and women’s tennis had perfect scores this year.

Fifteen Purdue teams maintained or improved their scores from a year ago. Football went from a 953 APR to 961. Men’s basketball declined, however, from 995 to 985.

IPFW’s 16 athletic programs exceeded the NCAA’s minimum standards for Academic Progress Rate, and the women’s golf team earned a perfect APR score of 1,000.

After the Mastodons’ baseball team tumbled to a 927 score a year ago, it bounced back to 939 in this year’s APR.

The IPFW men’s basketball team also enjoyed a significant bump, going from 930 to 946. The women’s basketball program had a 967, up from last year’s 963.

Ball State’s 19 athletic programs exceeded the APR minimum standards, and two Cardinals teams – women’s cross country and golf – earned perfect 1,000 scores this year.

The Cardinals’ football team had a 957 APR, up from last year’s 948. The men’s basketball team had a 957, down from last year’s 972. The women’s basketball team had a 963, down from last year’s 986.

Nationally, the money gap at Division I colleges continued to show up on the playing fields and in the classrooms.

Thirty-six teams will be banned from the 2014-15 postseason because of subpar APR scores. Not one of them comes from a power conference. Of the 17 football and men’s basketball teams, eight are from historically black schools. Alabama State and Florida A&M made the list in both sports.

The NCAA has awarded about $4.3 million over the past three years to low-resource schools, defined as those ranking in the bottom 15 percent in funding. The money is to be used for extra tutoring or other academic resources for student-athletes.

Historically black colleges and low-resource institutions have seen a 15-point improvement in one-year APR scores over the past three years, from 947 to 962, and their four-year average has jumped 23 points, from 930 to 953, in the last three annual reports.

Overall four-year APR scores, which cover the years 2009-10 through 2012-13, went up two points to 976. The four most-watched college sports – baseball, football, and men’s and women’s basketball – all showed improvement over last year’s four-year average.

Men’s basketball made the biggest jump, from 952 to 957.