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PSU Athletes score big in grades
Author: Mike Lund
Posted: May 15, 2014

(Portland, OR) — The Portland State Athletics program received excellent marks from the NCAA in its Academic Progress Rate (APR) reports. Portland State basketball is now among the top programs in the nation in APR after receiving sanctions five years ago due to poor scores.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

"These scores speak to the dedication of our student-athletes, coaches, and advisers,” said Athletics Director Torre Chisholm. “Combined with the four conference championships and Women's All-Sports Big Sky trophy which PSU won in 2012-13, the APR scores demonstrate well-balanced success in both academics and athletics."

All 15 PSU sports programs are in good standing for APR in the four-year period ending 2012-13. Thirteen of the 15 athletics teams have APRs of 960 or higher. Last week, two PSU teams - men's basketball and men's cross country - received public recognition for being among the top 10 percent of teams by APR scores in their respective sports. This means PSU's APR is among the best 35 programs in the country for these sports.

"It was a great team effort and lot of people were involved in it here over the last four years," said PSU’s men’s basketball coach Tyler Geving. "First, the players have worked hard at getting the job done in the classroom. The academic staff here at Portland State and the assistant coaches have put a lot of effort into this as well, and it is a great accomplishment considering where we were four years ago."


  • The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
  • The Academic Progress Rate is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team.
  • The Division I Board of Directors set cut scores of 930 (out of 1,000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face sanctions.
  • The goal of the NCAA's academic performance program is improvement, not punishment. Not only does the program ensure accountability for student-athletes, teams and institutions, but also it provides fairness by considering individual circumstances per team and school.
  • Every team posting an APR score below 930 is required to develop a specific academic improvement plan. Teams posting APR scores below 900 must submit those plans to the NCAA national office for review.