NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—The 14 member institutions of the Atlantic 10 Conference combined for an average single-year APR score of 988, providing the conference with the second-highest average Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the nation, as announced by the NCAA this week.
The A-10's 988 average is one point higher than in 2016, and the second highest average rate in the nation. Three conferences tied with scores of 993 above the Atlantic 10 among all 32 Division I conferences. The A-10 has continued to trend upward each year over the past six years, from 981 in 2010-11 to 988 in 2016.
The Atlantic 10 had 63 teams achieve a perfect APR score of 1000, and a record 68 A-10 teams were singled out for public recognition by the NCAA. Each year, the NCAA publicly recognizes teams that rank in the top 10 percent of their respective sports over a multi-year period. The current APR data is based on scores from 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.
The majority of Atlantic 10 teams ranked in the top half of their sports nationally, including 10 men's basketball teams and 12 women's basketball teams that were at, or above the national average APR for those sports. Davidson men's basketball, Richmond women's basketball and St. Bonaventure women's basketball all had perfect APR scores.The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.