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Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Set New APR Record

by on April 21, 2016 2:00 PM

The NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) announcement on Wednesday was another record breaker for the Penn State football program.

During the 2014-15 academic year, the NCAA reported the Nittany Lions earned an APR score of 993 out of 1,000, a record yearly high for the program. The 993 tally was an increase of 25 points from the team’s 968 APR score the previous year during the sanctions period and came in James Franklin’s first full academic year as head coach.

The team’s previous high for yearly APR was a 985 score in 2004-05, the second year the NCAA began calculating APR.

The Nittany Lions have improved their yearly APR score during each of the past three years, having posted a 947 score during the 2012-13 academic year, to boost their multi-year APR score to 960 in this week’s NCAA report. That figure is an improvement from 956 in last year’s APR report.

Penn State football’s four-year APR score is higher than the NCAA Division I football average of 959 and the Division I public institution football average of 956 through 2014-15. The Nittany Lions’ multi-year APR score has been above the Division I football average in all 11 NCAA APR reports.

“We are very proud that we continue to break academic records,” Franklin said in a release. “The fact that we have the highest APR in program history and a record number of players earning 3.0 GPAs in the fall semester shows that our guys truly understand what it means to be a Penn State student-athlete. We are grateful to have the Morgan Academic Center that provides outstanding resources and academic staff to support our student-athletes.”

In the latest four-year APR snapshot, the first two years reflect the impact of the events starting in Nov. 2011 and the sanctions, with players able to transfer and be immediately eligible at another school. These transfers reduced the number of earned retention points in the APR formula and significantly impacted the team's four-year APR score in the 2013-15 NCAA APR reports.

Overall, the NCAA reported that 13 Penn State teams earned perfect APR scores of 1,000 in 2014-15, up from 10 the previous year. Four Penn State squads earned perfect multi-year (2011-12 through 2014-15) APR scores of 1,000: women’s cross country, women’s hockey, women’s soccer and women’s tennis. The average multi-year APR score for Penn State's 29 varsity teams and 800 student-athletes is 984, well above the Division I average of 979, according to the NCAA (the men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams are combined in the APR data).

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