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Four Norfolk State University Programs Earn Perfect Single-Year APR Scores


Four Norfolk State University athletic programs earned perfect single-year Academic Progress Rates (APR), as the NCAA’s data release on Tuesday revealed. All 13 of Norfolk State’s programs remain eligible for postseason play heading into the 2024-25 academic year.
 
The NCAA posted APR scores over four years, including data from the 2019-20 through 2022-23 academic years. Across that entire stretch, the Norfolk State men’s cross country team led all Spartan athletic programs with a multi-year rate of 994.
 
The Spartans continued their success in the classroom during the 2022-23 academic year, as the baseball, men’s cross country, women’s basketball, and women’s bowling teams posted perfect single-year APR scores of 1,000.

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The four-year Academic Progress Rate national average for Division I teams remained steady at 984 this year, as the division marked the 20th anniversary of APR data collection. During those 20 years, overall student-athlete academic success has risen substantially.
 
Compared with the four years before the COVID-19 pandemic (2015-16 through 2018-19), the overall national four-year average across all sports increased by one point.
 
This is the third consecutive year of publicly reported APRs after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022, the Division I board approved the release of APR scores but voted to continue the suspension of program penalties. After further review, the Committee on Academics is not enforcing the loss of access to postseason competition for teams that have scored lower than 930. Instead, a conditional waiver is being offered this year due to the lingering impacts of COVID-19.
 
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