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Posted May 7, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. – The NCAA on Tuesday made public its fourth set of Academic Performance Rate (APR) data, representing a recently implemented formula now used to track student-athlete eligibility and retention that could lead to sanctions against institutions not meeting certain minimum standards.

For the fourth year in a row, Bucknell scored very well in the APR report, with each of its 26 reporting programs easily meeting the 925-point cutoff. Scores under 925 could result in certain NCAA-imposed penalties, including loss of scholarships.

Under the APR system, a student-athlete can be awarded two points per semester – one for remaining academically eligible throughout the semester and another for being retained for the next term. Team percentages are then calculated to determine its APR.

Four-year average
The latest APR data represents a four-year average based on institutional reporting for the 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 academic years. Henceforth, the NCAA will evaluate programs based on a four-year rolling average.

Bucknell reported APR data in 26 of its 27 varsity programs – wrestling, in just its second year back at the varsity level, does not yet have a large enough sample size – and half of those 26 teams still have perfect 1,000 scores in the four-year average.

Those programs are men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, women’s rowing, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s indoor track and field and women’s water polo.

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