Oklahoma State APR numbers are out and they aren’t pretty

Written by OKC Dave

The NCAA released the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) figures yesterday. I thought it would be interesting to see how OSU is performing relative to other Big 12 schools. Here’s a summary of the data I found at the NCAA’s APR site. The teams are sorted by their average rank in the conference over the last five seasons.

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The quick answer to the “how is OSU performing?” question: not very well. We are performing well below the Big 12 average of 947 (the NCAA football average is 949). OSU’s most recent APR figure is 926, the lowest for any Big 12 team in 2012.

According to the NCAA site, a team must have a multi-year APR of 900 or a 2-year average of 930 in order to qualify for post-season play in the upcoming football season. OSU clears the multi-year hurdle of 900 by a wide margin. So no worries, right?

Wrong. Beginning next season (2014), the minimum requirements for post-season play will be a multi-year average of 930 or a 2-year average of 940. OSU and Iowa State are the only Big 12 schools below the 930 multi-year threshold. OSU has been below that threshold two years in a row, and our APR rank within the conference has deteriorated each of the last four seasons (actually, that’s not quite true – you can’t get lower than 10 out of 10).

The APR system remains controversial, but a simple fact remains: OSU is underperforming its peers in the Big 12.

  • Mark

    I’m not sure which would be worse, getting held out of the playoffs due to academic issues, or the inevitable backlash of insults from OU fans about how dumb our players are.

  • Jake

    They can’t even get As in their Education courses?!

  • Patrick Sievert

    Slightly misleading, as the numbers were much improved for the 2012-2013 year. We’re still not looking too hot, but it’s better than what you posted.

    • 2012-2013 isn’t out yet. All numbers are up to date.

  • Scott

    Isn’t basketball on the brink of not playing in the postseason too? What are they at?

  • Carl

    “Your education is determined by NCAA’s APR the same way your health is measured by weight, or your maturity by age. It has little meaning.” -Jay Bilas

    APR is a measure instituted to pressure coaches/administrators to value the retention of student-athletes. It has (much) less to do with the quality of the education and more to do with meeting the prescribed progress/minimum academic eligibility requirements.

    • I agree with you, the system has weaknesses in doing what it is trying to do. But everyone is playing by the same set of rules, and we are coming in last.

  • Zac

    Actually it was the 2011-2012 APR that was much better. You have listed the Multi-Year APR (four year average), but the APR for just 2011-2012 was 947.


    So if we can have another year in that range, it will definitely help the average and hopefully at least keep us over the 940 2-year average. What is killing the Multi-Year average right now is 2010-2011, where we got a 903 due to early NFL entrees and transfers.