Eight Michigan teams earn perfect APR scores
Michigan's 27 varsity athletic teams were well above the threshold required by the NCAA, including eight teams with perfect multiyear score in the Academic Progress Rate (APR) data and penalty reports for all Division I institutions released by the NCAA on Wednesday as part of the annual NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program.
The report is based on four-year calculations of data from the 2013-14 through 2016-17 academic years.
Michigan is one of six schools from the Bowl Subdivision to earn a multiyear score of 990 or greater in the sport of football. Michigan is the nation's only FBS school to record at least a 990 in football and a 995 in men's basketball.
The APR is a real-time measure of a team's academic performance and is calculated by reviewing variables such as eligibility, retention and graduation rates of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team.
In order to compete in the 2018-19 postseason, teams must achieve a 930 four-year APR. NCAA member representatives chose the 930 standard because that score predicts a 50 percent graduation rate for the team. Additionally, teams must earn at least a 930 APR to avoid penalties.
Michigan's eight teams with perfect multiyear scores are: baseball, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, men's gymnastics, men's tennis, women's tennis and softball. Nineteen teams perfect scores for the 2016-17 academic year, an improvement from 15 perfect scores last year, 16 in 2014-15, 24 in 2013-14 and 13 in 2012-13.
Last week, the Michigan baseball, football, men's basketball, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, men's gymnastics, softball, men's tennis and women's tennis programs were recognized by the NCAA with the Academic Performance Program Public Recognition Award for ranking among the top 10 percent of their respective sports in the most recent multiyear APR report.
For a fourth straight year, Michigan is the only Big Ten Conference institution to earn recognition awards in both football and men's basketball, with men's basketball now having earned the award in seven straight years.