ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The academic success of the Michigan football program means that Jim Harbaugh’s bank account will get a little larger.
The NCAA released its Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores Wednesday, and the Michigan football team had a score of 997 for the 2015-16 school year, its highest APR score since 2013-14. Michigan’s multi-year football APR score was 993.
Harbaugh’s contract, obtained by Land of 10 through a Freedom of Information Act request, states that Harbaugh is eligible to receive a bonus of $150,000 if the football team has an APR score of 960 or higher in both multi-year and single-year calculations. Multi-year scores are based on four years of data, from 2012-13 through 2015-16.
The Academic Progress Rate is not a measurement of graduation. It is a multi-year measurement of eligibility and the academic progress students are making toward graduation, as well as the retention rates within athletic programs.
The Graduation Success Rate (GSR) is more self-explanatory — it shows the proportion of college athletes who earn degrees. Harbaugh’s contract, however, does not denote a bonus for achieving a certain graduation success rate.
Michigan’s APR score dipped to 928 in 2009-10, which was Rich Rodriguez’s final season as the school’s football coach. It peaked at 990 in 2013-14, which was Brady Hoke’s final season as Michigan’s coach.
Michigan football’s multi-rate APR scores since 2005
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Michigan announced last week that it had one of the nation’s top football APRs — Michigan was one of three Big Ten schools in the top six, joined by Northwestern (No. 1) and Minnesota (No. 5).