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.
Basically, this metric is designed to hold programs accountable for ensuring that student-athletes are staying eligible and progressing toward graduation. Coach Bill Battle is justifiably pleased with the results. which are presented in their entirety at the link (football only results posted below):
"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."
The University of Alabama continues to be a place where parents can trust that their athletically gifted teenagers will not only receive the best training to achieve their athletic goals but will also be nurtured academically. This is a golden age for Alabama athletics in more ways than one. Roll Tide.