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NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate, 2003-2014

Resource Type
Dataset : census/enumeration data
  • Paskus, Thomas (National Collegiate Athletic Association)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
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 2011-2014 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.
  • Abstract

    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

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Created online analysis version with question text.; Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Methods

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


    • DS1: NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate, 2013
Temporal Coverage
  • 2003 / 2014
    Time period: 2003--2014
  • 2004 / 2014
    Collection date: 2004--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.

2015-08-18 The data and documentation have been updated.2013-10-31 The data and documentation have been updated.2013-10-14 The data and the documentation have been updated.2012-12-21 The data and the documentation have been updated.2011-07-06 The data and the documentation have been updated.2010-01-07 A processing note was added and minor edits were made to the metadata.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 26801 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR26801.v2
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    • ID: (URL)
  • Fields, Sarah K.. Are we asking the right questions?: A response to the academic reforms research the NCAA. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport.5, (1), 60-64.2012.
  • Paskus, Thomas S.. A summary and commentary on the quantitative results of current NCAA academic reforms. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport.5, (1), 41-53.2012.
  • Petr, Todd A., McArdle, John J.. Academic research and reform: A history of the empirical basis for NCAA academic policy. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport.5, (1), 27-40.2012.
  • LaForge, Larry, Hodge, Janie. NCAA academic performance metrics: Implications for institutional policy and practice. Journal of Higher Education.82, (2), 217-235.2011.
    • ID: 10.1353/jhe.2011.0008 (DOI)
  • Sack, Allen L.. How to evaluate NCAA success in attaining its stated mission. Implications for athletes’ rights and social justice. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport.4, (1), 5-13.2011.
  • Sander, Libby. After years of scrutiny, hundreds of teams still fail to make the NCAA's grade. Chronicle of Higher Education.55, (36), A212009.
  • Cusack, Michael J.. The Academic Progress Rate: Good PR, bad policy. Chronicle of Higher Education.54 , (11), B22007.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-18 | Issue Number: 4 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

Paskus, Thomas (2010): NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate, 2003-2014. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.