Duke leads ACC in academic performance

jgiglio@newsobserver.comJune 12, 2013 

Duke had the ACC’s best Academic Performance Rate scores in 2011-12 and four-year average in football and men’s basketball, according to numbers released by the NCAA on Tuesday.

The NCAA honored 15 Duke programs for being in the top 10 percent nationally of their respective sport, including the basketball and football teams.

Duke’s APR in basketball for the 2011-12 academic year was 1,000, a perfect score, and 995 for the four-year average, which starts with the 2008-09 academic year.

The Blue Devils’ football APR for 2011-12 was also 1,000 with a four-year average of 989.

The NCAA uses the APR to track academic performance and provide what it calls a snapshot of a program’s academics. It is a different metric than a school’s graduation rate and is used by the NCAA to punish schools that fall below the 930 threshold; notably Connecticut’s men’s basketball team was ineligible for the NCAA tournament in 2013 because of poor APR scores in previous years.

The APR calculation is based on the eligibility, graduation and retention of each scholarship athlete, with 1,000 as a perfect score.

N.C. State’s men’s basketball team had a 1,000 for 2011-12 and an average of 984, which ranked third in the ACC.

The Wolfpack’s football program scored 990 for the academic year and 947 for the four-year average, which ranked 10th in the ACC.

North Carolina’s basketball team had a 959 for both the academic year and its four-year average, which ranked eighth in the ACC.

The Tar Heels’ football team had a 933 score for the academic year and a 934 four-year average, which ranked last in the ACC.

Duke had the highest APR score in the ACC in 13 of the league’s 25 sports and had 10 teams with a score of 1,000 in 2011-12.

No ACC team, or any other from a major conference, was penalized by the NCAA for low APR scores.

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