COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State’s athletic teams are all in fine academic standing with the NCAA.
The latest batch of APR scores included high marks for virtually every Ohio State team. Only two teams — men’s track and men’s cross country — were within 20 points of the punishment threshold of 930. Men’s football notched a solid score of 975 and men’s basketball was safe at 950, but closer to the penalty area.
The scores will not financially impact Ohio State’s most prominent coaches. Contracts obtained by Land of 10 show that football coach Urban Meyer, men’s basketball coach Thad Matta and women’s basketball coach Kevin McGuff each receive bonuses for team GPA performance but not for APR scores. (Jim Harbaugh, on the other hand, received a $150,000 bonus for Michigan football’s score.)
Ohio State APR scores
The NCAA website has a good explanation of 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.
Ohio State women’s cross country and women’s tennis led the way for the Ohio State athletic department with perfect APR scores of 1,000. Nearly all of Ohio State’s 26 NCAA sports were well above the 930-point threshold. A year in which four players transferred appears to have affected Ohio State’s men’s basketball team.
The men’s basketball score tied for last among Big Ten teams, while the football score ranked ninth in the conference.
Big Ten football APR scores
Big Ten men’s basketball APR scores