After a gap of one year, the academic progress rate of the NCAA is released. Implemented in 2003, APR uses team-based metrics to follow student-athletes’ academic progress.
The APR is calculated as follows:
Each student-athlete who receives athletically-related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically qualified.
A team’s total points are divided by the possible points and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s academic progress rate.
In addition to a team’s current year’s APR, its rolling four-year APR is also used to determine accountability.
To compete in the championship, teams must earn a four-year average APR of 930. So who was thriving off the field and in the classroom? Scroll down and take a look at all 14 Big Ten football teams.
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Maryland – 944
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Iowa – 968
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Illinois – 969
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Purdue – 970
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Penn State – 970
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Nebraska – 972
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Indiana – 976
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Rutgers – 977
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Michigan – 980
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Michigan State – 983
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Minnesota – 988
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Ohio State – 991
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Wisconsin – 992
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North West – 995
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