NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate, 2003-2014

Resource Type
Dataset : census/enumeration data
  • Paskus, Thomas (National Collegiate Athletic Association)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
Academic Progress Rate; educational assessment; eligibility; scholarships; student athletes; student retention
  • Abstract

    This study was created, by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), to provide public access to team-level Academic Progress Rates (APRs), eligibility rates, retention rates, and penalty and award information on Division I student-athletes starting with the 2003-2004 season through the 2013-2014 season, as well as to provide efficient analysis and linking of these data to other educational data.

  • Abstract

    College presidents across the nation recognized a need to track how student-athletes are doing academically prior to graduation. Beginning in 2003, colleges and universities in NCAA Division I -- the largest and highest profile athletics programs -- implemented a comprehensive academic reform package designed to improve the academic success and graduation of all student-athletes. The centerpiece of the academic reform package was the development of a real-time academic measurement for sports teams, known as the Academic Progress Rate (APR).

    The APR includes student-athlete eligibility, retention and graduation as factors in a formula that yields a single number, providing a much clearer picture of the current academic culture on each Division I sports team in the country. Since its inception, the APR has become an important measure of student-athlete academic success. For high APR scores, the NCAA recognizes member institutions for ensuring that student-athletes succeed in the classroom. If, however, low APR scores are earned consistently, member institutions can be subjected to penalties including scholarship reductions and the loss of eligibility to compete in championships.

  • Methods

    The dataset contains a listing of the school name, the school's division and sub-division, the sport played, the size of the team or squad, the yearly and four-year APR, retention and eligibility rates, as well as, public award and penalty information.
  • Methods

    Presence of Common Scales: Academic Progress Rate (APR)
  • Abstract

    Datasets: DS1: NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate, 2003-2014
Temporal Coverage
  • 2003-01-01 / 2014-12-31
    Time Period: Wed Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2003--Wed Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2014 (academic sports seasons of 2003-2004 through 2011-2014)
  • 2004-01-01 / 2014-12-31
    Collection Date(s): Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2004--Wed Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2014 (Fall 2004 - Fall 2014)
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Population of student athletes who participated in NCAA Division I championship sponsored sports from 2004-2014 academic years. Smallest Geographic Unit: university
Collection Mode
  • To protect confidentiality, some data have been blanked.

    Results derived from this dataset may not exactly replicate national aggregates provided by the NCAA in other formats. This may be due to updates to the data since the release of other reports, or changes made to the data to protect confidentiality.

This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
  • Has version
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR26801.v4

Update Metadata: 2020-11-17 | Issue Number: 13 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16