The NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Rate report yesterday, and Alabama once again stood out as a star in the SEC as the football program joined eleven other Crimson Tide programs with a perfect single year score of 1,000 for 2013-14. The Tide's multi-year score was second only to Vanderbilt. For those unfamiliar with Academic Progress Rate, which is probably most of us, this is how it's calculated per the NCAA website:
- Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible.
- A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate.
- In addition to a team’s current-year APR, its rolling four-year APR is also used to determine accountability.
"I am very pleased with our continuing success when it comes to APR scores," Alabama athletic director Bill Battle said in a statement. "I feel they serve as a great indicator of the success we are enjoying here at The University of Alabama in terms of our primary mission to recruit and develop student-athletes to compete at the highest levels in intercollegiate athletics, to educate and prepare our student-athletes to compete at the highest levels in life after graduation and to accomplish all this with honor and integrity."