Skip to main content

Dog Bites Man: Patriot League APR Rates Are Awesome

It shouldn't be much of a news item, really, but as the NCAA released their Academic Progress Rate numbers this year it was no surprise to see Patriot League schools all over the honor list.

Gushes the press release, "For the fifth consecutive year, Yale University had the most teams (24) recognized, followed by Dartmouth College (22) and the University of Pennsylvania (20). By conference, the Ivy Group had the most number of teams honored (135), followed by the Patriot League (90) and the Big East Conference (70)."

Today, the NCAA released the full data for their APR numbers; not only the numbers from last year, but the four-year averages which the awards are based. Let's take a moment to look at the numbers for football and men's basketball for the Patriot League - and then compare them to the rest of Division I athletics. (more)

Just to give the NCAA's APR numbers some context, APR scores are based on a perfect score of 1000, or a 100% rate of athletes that are both progressing towards graduation and remaining academically eligible  To compute this, roughly, take every eligible athlete on your team, and multiply that times two.  Then add the number of athletes that are getting retained by the school together with the number of athletes that are academically eligible.  The ratio, multiplied by 1000, is your APR.

The cutoff for "bad things happening" from the NCAA is generally 925, which roughly corresponds to a 60% graduation rate (ultimately) - though I've seen no scientific evidence to prove this is the case.  Still, a rate of 1000 is the ideal, and what every school should strive towards.  And the Patriot League, unsurprisingly, is near the top.

Here are the numbers for Patriot League Men's Basketball:

Note the five perfect scores of 1000 for men's basketball in the 2009 academic year, including Lehigh's.

To put this in context, you can probably count on one hand the number of kids in basketball who either dropped out or were academically ineligible in the entire league.  That's extraordinary for a Division I school.  And when you compare this to the graduation rate of all of Division I of somewhere between 60% and 70%, that's really something to crow about.

Football also offers plenty of good news:

Again, to put this in perspective, in the Patriot League every football athlete in 2009 averaged 98% of the total available points for retention.  And again, compare that to the 944 of the rest of Division I.  That's something to just sit back, look at the Patriot League and say, "Yes, Virginia, we're obviously doing something right."


Popular posts from this blog

Friday Water Cooler: Emma Watson, And Harvard Football

(Photo courtesy I'm sure this won't be appreciated by the latest famous freshman to attend an Ivy League school. No, no, I'm not talking about Brooke Shields, I'm talking about Emma Watson, the actress who is best known for her turn as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies. We always knew there was something, well, different about kids who went to Harvard - a bit of an upturned nose, perhaps, annoying arrogance, or maybe even some Brahmin-ness while we're at it. Turns out, though, that some students were up to something more sinister: stalking Ms. Brown University at the Harvard/Brown game last weekend, as reported by the New York Post : Page Six reported on Tuesday that the "Harry Potter" starlet and Brown University freshman looked "quite shaken" on Saturday as Harvard beat Brown 24-21 in Cambridge. Watson was reportedly flanked by security guards to protect her from gawkers. But her discomfort was actually the result

Assuming the Ivy Is Cancelling Out Of Conference Games, Here's How Patriot League Can Have 9 Game Season

The Patriot League could very well be in a huge bind assuming the Ivy League goes forward with their college football restart plans. According to Mark Blaudschun of TMG Sports, the Ivy League is considering two plans for their 2020 college football season - neither of which allow for any out of conference games. 13 out-of-conference games involving Patriot League teams would be on the chopping block, and when you add to it the Patriot League presidents' guidance to not fly to games , every single member of the Patriot League is affected.  If you add to that the fact that the opening of the college football season is going to at best start in late September (yes, you read that correctly), the Patriot League would count as one of the most deeply affected by Covid-19-influenced delays and decisions in the entire college football landscape. It is a bind to be sure - but not one that should see the Patriot League cancel the 2020 football season. If we start with the assumption that t

How The Ivy League Is Able To Break the NCAA's Scholarship Limits and Still Consider Themselves FCS

By now you've seen the results.  In 2018, the Ivy League has taken the FCS by storm. Perhaps it was Penn's 30-10 defeat of Lehigh a couple of weeks ago .  Or maybe it was Princeton's 50-9 drubbing of another team that made the FCS Playoffs last year, Monmouth.  Or maybe it was Yale's shockingly dominant 35-14 win over nationally-ranked Maine last weekend. The Ivy League has gone an astounding 12-4 so far in out-of-conference play, many of those wins coming against the Patriot League. But it's not just against the Patriot League where the Ivy League has excelled.  Every Ivy League school has at least one out-of-conference victory, which is remarkable since it is only three games into their football season.  The four losses - Rhode Island over Harvard, Holy Cross over Yale, Delaware over Cornell, and Cal Poly over Brown - were either close losses that could have gone either way or expected blowouts of teams picked to be at the bottom of the Ivy League. W