Buckeyes Post High Marks In the Classroom, APR
By Patrick Maks
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State’s athletics teams are living up to expected academic standards, according to the NCAA’s latest Academic Progress Rates that were released Wednesday afternoon.
The rates, which measure how well teams are moving their athletes towards graduation over a four-year period, show that OSU had 22 teams score a rate of 980 or more—four of which perfect earned marks.
The Buckeyes men’s and women’s volleyball and tennis teams all earned perfect APR scores of 1000.
On the other end of the spectrum, OSU’s wrestling team’s APR of 960 and the men’s basketball team APR of 962 earned the school’s lowest APR scores—a mark that has risen in each of the past five years for Thad Matta’s squad.
In a year that saw 174 current and former OSU student-athletes receive their degrees from the University, five Ohio State teams—football (within the FBS cohort), men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s volleyball—received NCAA Public Recognition Awards for their APR which ranked in the top 10 percent of their respective sports.
Athletics director Gene Smith said the school’s academic success is thanks to all parties involved with the University.
“The continued academic success is a tribute to our faculty, coaches and student-athletes,” Smith said in a released statement.
“Our priority is always to ensure our student-athletes get an outstanding education and degree. I am extremely proud of them, especially the 174 graduates.”
Similarly, assistant provost and associate athletics director David Graham also had high praises for OSU’s student-athletes.
“These academic achievements are direct reflections of our student-athletes' investment of time and effort in their academic endeavors,” Graham said in the same release.
“All of Buckeye Nation should feel confident in the remarkable educational and athletic experiences each of our student-athletes receives at the Ohio State University.”
According to the APR, no OSU teams were in danger of ineligibility or penalties for the 2012-13 season—a consequence for schools that fall under the NCAA’s four-year benchmark APR of 900 or two-year standard of 930.
Including Ohio State, all Big Ten teams met that number.
The Buckeyes football team earned a score of 988—the second highest of any Big Ten teams. The only school to best OSU within the conference was Northwestern with an APR of 995, which was also the top score in the country among college football programs.
The OSU football team’s APR of 988 was good for the ninth-best nationally among all colleges (tied with Dartmouth), and fourth best among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams. Only Northwestern, Duke and Boise State posted better scores.
Contrarily, the University of Michigan—Ohio State’s archrival—received an APR score of 943 for its football program, which tied it with Michigan State for the second lowest score in the Big Ten (ahead of only Minnesota).
In line with its recent accomplishments with the NCAA’s APR, Ohio State’s football team also had a strong spring quarter with combined team grade point average of 2.88, the highest GPA for the team in the past 10 quarters.
The last time the team’s quarterly GPA was higher was after the 2009 autumn quarter when it was 2.90.
First-year coach Urban Meyer has been vocal concerning the positive performance of his team.
“Our players and staff really attacked the spring quarter academically, especially the second half of it, like we would the second half of a game,” Meyer said in a statement.
“I was impressed with everyone’s effort to finish strong. Overall, the team performed very well in the classroom.”
Ohio State led the Big Ten with 312 Academic All-Big Ten selections, which requires student-athletes to be a letter winner in at least their second year on campus and have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher.
Of the 312, 66 student-athletes were selected the in fall, 59 in the winter and 187 for spring and “at-large sports,” according to a press release from the university’s department of athletics.
Ohio State was the only program with more than 300 honorees for the year.