Athletic programs at Iowa’s three NCAA Division I institutions, as well as those at Illinois and Western Illinois, surpass the requirements of the NCAA’s academic progress initiative.
The NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Rate report Wednesday for the 2014-15 school year, revealing that all programs at the five schools scored above the 930 threshold which measures academic progress and essentially corresponds with a 50-percent graduation rate.
All 24 sports programs offered by Iowa finished above the 930 mark, with football, men’s golf, men’s gymnastics, women’s soccer, women’s swimming and volleyball recording all-time high scores.
The Iowa football program finished with an APR of 971, a number that compares with a 959 Division I average in the sport. Iowa State scored a 958, Northern Iowa a 965, Illinois a 982 and Western Illinois a 949 in football.
Hawkeye basketball programs finished above the national average, with a 968 APR recorded in men’s basketball and a 983 in women’s basketball. Nationally, men’s basketball programs averaged 964 and women’s basketball programs averaged 978.
In men’s basketball, Iowa State recorded an APR of 979, Northern Iowa finished with a 995, Illinois totaled 990 and Western Illinois scored a 951.
In women’s basketball, Iowa State had an APR of 972, UNI scored a 987, Illinois had a 974 and Western Illinois totaled 987.
The 930 mark is used by the NCAA as a red flag of sorts, and finishing below that mark indicates that student-athletes in a program are not making progress toward a degree, that a program has retention issues or that a program is not graduating its athletes.
Failure to achieve the 930 mark can lead to penalties, including the loss of practice time and bans from postseason competition. A total of 23 teams across all sports offered at the Division I level, up from 21 a year ago, received bans Wednesday for failing to meet the 930 threshold.
No football programs in the Football Bowl Subdivision were penalized, while men’s basketball programs at Alcorn State and Savannah State and the women’s basketball team at Southern were banned from postseason competition during the 2016-17 school year.