EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State’s athletic teams received satisfying academic news on Wednesday.
The most recent set of Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, from the 2015-16 school year, showed every program in good standing with the NCAA. The lowest score of all MSU teams — a 965 from the baseball squad — still lands 35 points clear of the punishment threshold of 930.
Michigan State men’s basketball scored a perfect 1,000 for the second consecutive year. No other Big Ten team has recorded a 1,000 in either of the last two seasons, and the Spartans were one of 20 teams nationally to do so in 2015-16. It marked their third perfect score since the APR was first recorded in 2004-05.
Michigan State football posted a 974, which placed the Spartans 10th in the Big Ten. However, it stands as the second-best score for the program in the last 10 years and a marked improvement upon the 931 from MSU coach Mark Dantonio’s first season at the helm.
The NCAA website explains how the scores are calculated.
The APR, or Academic Progress Rate, holds institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for each academic term.
The APR is calculated as follows:
- 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.
Currently, teams must earn a 930 four-year average APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years to participate in NCAA championships. In 2015-16 and beyond, teams must earn a four-year APR of 930 to compete in championships.
Along with men’s basketball, two other Michigan State programs recorded perfect scores: men’s cross country and men’s swimming and diving. Eight more teams scored at least 990.
Big Ten football APR scores
Big Ten basketball APR scores