Purdue Passes The APR Test

Women's volleyball continues to lead the way in the classroom for Purdue sports.

The latest APR numbers are out and Purdue has passed in all 20 varsity sports that it sponsors. That means no ridiculous punishments like Oklahoma State losing a day of football practice per week or Connecticut being ineligible for the NCAA Tournament like they were a few years ago. Purdue is doing very well academically, with improvement coming almost entirely across the board. The latest scores represent the 2012-13 academic year, and here is how Purdue has done every year under the system:

2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10 2008-09 2007-08 2006-07 2005-06 2004-05
Baseball 980 978 958 963 959 944 946 937 906
Football 961 953 950 939 930 926 920 915 910
Men's Basketball 985 995 995 954 919 900 894 910 913
Men's Cross Country 963 966 959 943 949 966 968 958 1000
Men's Golf 988 986 962 920 927 924 933 954 946
Men's Swimming 945 943 957 964 973 971 973 970 977
Men's Tennis 986 980 981 973 975 981 994 1000 1000
Men's Track, Indoor 950 951 949 941 942 941 936 927 920
Men's Track, Outdoor 957 959 949 941 942 941 936 927 920
Men's Wrestling 966 942 952 932 938 941 926 947 930
Softball 976 971 957 956 968 971 987 996 1000
Women's Basketball 967 977 981 972 964 963 941 951 944
Women's Cross Country 989 989 960 973 990 989 989 1000 1000
Women's Golf 969 956 977 931 937 951 955 988 981
Women's Soccer 983 983 983 991 994 991 979 972 962
Women's Swimming 988 987 973 962 958 971 975 981 985
Women's Tennis 992 978 977 945 957 955 949 972 956
Women's Track, Indoor 965 965 970 980 984 984 968 967 961
Women's Track, Outdoor 969 969 970 980 984 984 968 967 961
Women's Volleyball 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000

Here is the explanation of the APR:

Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year. Scholarship student-athletes each semester receive one point for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face consequences, including practice restrictions and playing season reductions. Rates are an average of the past four years' performance. National aggregates are based on all teams with usable data at the time of analysis.

In order to compete in the 2014-15 postseason, teams must achieve either a 930 multi-year APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years. This approach represents the next step in a phased-in move to a standard 930 benchmark, which will be in place for most schools with next year's announcement of 2013-14 data collected in the fall of 2014.

Some notes:

  • Congratulations to women's volleyball, which is the only program at Purdue to have a perfect score in every year the APR has been tracked. Given that this has been Purdue's most successful sport of late Dave Shondell and his staff are doing an excellent job.
  • Purdue met or exceeded its 2011-12 score in 15 of the 20 sports.
  • In five that dropped, three were by three points or less, so marginal drops at best.
  • Men's and women's basketball suffered the biggest drops at 10 points each.
  • The Men's score is a bit of a concern, as the departure of so many players at the end of 2013 could have an effect when this year's numbers are released.
  • In that same vein, Purdue lost a scholarship because of low basketball numbers in both 2006-07 and 2007-08, mostly because of the exodus of players during the Keady-Painter transition.
  • No programs are in any danger of being sanctioned or missing the 2014-15 postseason. Men's Swimming is the closest at 945, but is still safe by five points.
  • The football program has improved every single year under this metric. This is huge, as it has the most athletes on scholarship of any team with 85.

Finally, here is how Purdue stands up to the rest of the Big Ten in the two big money sports:

Football 2012-13 Men's Basketball 2012-13
Northwestern University 991 Indiana University, Bloomington 1000
University of Wisconsin, Madison 989 University of Michigan 990
University of Nebraska, Lincoln 980 Purdue University 985
University of Michigan 975 Northwestern University 980
The Ohio State University 972 Michigan State University 980
Indiana University, Bloomington 972 The Ohio State University 977
University of Iowa 969 University of Wisconsin, Madison 975
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 962 University of Iowa 971
Michigan State University 962 Pennsylvania State University 964
Purdue University 961 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 960
University of Illinois, Champaign 957 University of Illinois, Champaign 957
Pennsylvania State University 954 University of Nebraska, Lincoln 947
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