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Multiple IU athletic programs earn perfect NCAA APR scores



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The south-end addition to Memorial Stadium, completed before the start of the 2018 football season, is home to the IU Athletics Excellence Academy, which includes dining, rehab and sports medicine facilities and a career center for athletes. IU's Athletics programs combined for a single year NCAA Academic Progress Report score of 979. Colin Kulpa

Thirteen of IU’s 22 athletic programs earned perfect NCAA Academic Progress Report scores for the 2018-2019 academic year in a report released Tuesday.

The NCAA’s APR evaluates academic success of student-athletes at colleges and universities by tracking athletes’ eligibility and retention over each academic term with a perfect score being 1,000. IU Athletics’ combined single year APR score was 979. 

“Indiana University Athletics places a high priority on the academic achievement of our students, and we are very pleased and proud when we see these type of results from our students and our programs,” IU athletic director Fred Glass said in a press release.

The system rewards programs for high scores and improvement while penalizing others who fail to reach benchmarks.

Programs in the top-10 percent of APR scores earn public recognition awards while programs that fail to meet benchmarks are penalized with a decrease in training time and an uptick in academic requirements. 

The benchmark for postseason competition for the 2020-21 academic year is a four-year average APR of 930.

All 22 of IU’s programs met the four-year 930 average for NCAA Championship competition eligibility for 2020-21.

IU men’s basketball, men’s golf, men’s soccer, men’s swimming, women’s basketball, women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s cross country, women’s rowing, field hockey, softball, women’s tennis and women’s water polo all earned a perfect APR score. 

Men’s golf, women’s cross country, field hockey and women’s tennis earned perfect multi-year scores of 1,000, earning APR public recognition awards.

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