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UCLA's Basketball Academic Progress Report- How do we compare to the rest of the 68 team field?

The UCF Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport released a report showing the APR and graduation scores for each of the 68 teams in this year's NCAA men's basketball tourney.

UCF Report on Men's Basketball APR Rates

APR is an NCAA standard which carries some teeth if a school falls below a minimum level. The teeth include bans on postseason play, as happened to UConn for the 2012-13 season. The minimum hurdle to avoid penalties is either a 4 year rolling average of 930 or an average for the most recent 2 years of 940.

A perfect score is 1000. This score would be achieved if every player on athletic scholarship remains in school and remains academically eligible. The score goes down, based on the percentage of players who remain academically ineligible and/or do not drop out.

There are possible adjustments for student-athletes who turn pro while in good academic standing, and for student-athletes who transfer while meeting academic requirements.

Nevertheless the train wreck under Howland with the multiple players who either transferred (Gordon, etc) or who dropped out (Nelson, etc) transfer/ could impact this number in the future.

The most recent APR scores are for the academic year 2011-12 (i.e. before the Howland train had completely derailed).

As can be seen from the link, UCLA's score is 951, which gives us some wiggle room above the minimum. Here are the scores for the other Pac-12 tourney teams-

Stanford 984

Colorado 984

Arizona State 973

Arizona 969

Oregon 918 (below the penalty line)

5th out of 6th may leave us safe, but it is not exactly a ringing endorsement of the academic side of the house under Howland.

As a side note, New Mexico's APR, which occurred under TIARA, is 985.

The UCF survey also shows graduation rates for 2012, which relate only indirectly to the APR scores, because they measure different periods. The graduation rate measures how many of the entering class of 2005-6 graduated by 2012 (i.e. graduated within 6 years).

UCLA's graduation rate for mens' basketball was 60%. The average for all 68 teams in the tournament was 72%.

UCLA's graduation rate for student-athletes in all sports was 87%, compared to an average for all 68 teams of 82%.

It is not surprising that the UCLA score and the average score for all schools was lower for basketball than for all sports, given the 1 (or 2) and done phenomenon in college basketball.

Overall the UCLA program appears to be in decent shape overall in terms of academics, but there is definitely room for improvement.

As a final note, Doughnut clearly places a lot of emphasis on this, because, under TIARA's contract, Doughnut is only giving an incentive payment to TIARA related to academics if UCLA hits a score of 925 or better. In other words, UCLA could fall under the minimum NCAA score, and TIARA would get a bonus.

Way to be, Doughnut.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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