Good News, Ducks: APR Reaches All-Time High
By John Baker
After a two-year climb, the Oregon football program's academic progress rate (APR), which measures academic eligibility, player retention and graduation rates, has reached its highest level since the formula was created in 2004.
The 2011-12 numbers, released recently by the NCAA, show that Oregon's football APR has scored 963 points out of a possible 1,000. Using the four-year rolling average for programs, Oregon's score is 951, its highest total since the APR was developed.
Under Chip Kelly, the Ducks stumbled with APR in his first season, posting a 932, but have been steadily improving. Oregon's 2011-12 score of 951 is ahead of the Division-I average of 949 and just below the FBS team average of 954. Kelly wasn't happy with the initial year's results and worked hard to not only make Oregon a place where quality football was played, but a place where his athletes would work in the classroom and earn their degrees.
The numbers would suggest he was successful in that pursuit.
If there's any doubt about the Pac-12's academic standing, Oregon's 2011-12 score of 963 ranked seventh, behind Arizona (980), UCLA (978), Stanford (977), Washington (974), Colorado (969) and Utah (964), but ahead of Washington State (960), Oregon State (958), USC (944), Arizona State (935) and California (923).
Oregon's four year average of 951 is also seventh in the Pac-12.
Glad to see that Colorado and Utah ranked in the upper echelon of the conference last year even though they brought up the rear in their division in the most important sport, financially--football.