Athletics Academic Enhancement

Bowling and Cross Country Receive APR Recognition

JACKSON, Miss. – The Jackson State University Division of Athletics continues to be among the national leaders in APR. Today a pair of JSU sports programs were among the more than 1,200 NCAA Division I teams publicly acknowledged for posting APR scores in the top 10 percent among NCAA sponsored sports.

Scores for programs in the top 10 percent range from 984 to a perfect 1,000. The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.

The Tigers cross country and Lady Tigers bowling programs were recognized for posting perfect APR scores. This is the second straight year that men’s cross country has received this honor.

“It is always a privilege to know that we try to epitomize what Jackson State University and the Division of Athletics have preached over the years and advocated for our student-athletes,” said head bowling coach Michael Boykins. “Not only achieving good scores, but perfection which is so rare.”

“We are honored and appreciative and this is a team effort. Obviously the student-athletes put in the effort, time and dedication not only on the athletic end, but it is equally as important realizing how important their academic endeavors are.”

Each year, the NCAA honors selected NCAA Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate.  This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports.  Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.  This year’s release will again include recognition in the sport of football by subdivision (i.e., Football Bowl Subdivision and NCAA Football Championship Subdivision).

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship.  The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance.

Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced May 10.  That announcement also will include APP penalties for low-performing teams, teams subject to postseason ineligibility and head coach APRs.

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