CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— America East Conference teams on average rank high in Division I according to the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released by the NCAA Wednesday afternoon. The conference APR average improved five points from last year’s data to 984, the third-best conference average in the nation.
The America East APR average continues to trend upward, staying even or improving in every year since 2004-05.
Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face sanctions, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice. Rates are based on the past four years’ performance. No America East team received penalties for low APRs.
The two most high-profile America East sports, men’s and women’s basketball, performed very strong compared to their peers. Both sport APR averages ranked third when compared to the other 30 Division I conferences.
The men’s basketball America East Conference APR average is 978, an all-time high for the sport. This average, which has seen an increase in each of the last three years, improved 26 points from last year’s data. Three America East men’s basketball teams, including 2012 America East Champion University of Vermont, received public recognition awards last week from the NCAA for ranking in the top 10 percent in their sport.
The women’s basketball America East Conference APR average is 987, which also marks a conference all-time high for the sport. It is a 10-point jump from the data released last year and the third-straight year the average has risen from the previous year’s mark.
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