Buccaneers men's golf affected by the announcement of NCAA APR scores

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern was affected by the announcement of the NCAA's Academic Progress Report (APR) scores on Wednesday afternoon.

To compete in the 2019‐20 postseason, teams must achieve a 930 four‐year APR. NCAA members chose the 930 standard because that score predicts, on average, a 50% graduation rate for teams at that APR level. Additionally, teams must earn at least a 930 four‐year APR to avoid penalties.

The CSU men's golf team will be ineligible for the 2019-20 postseason as the team failed to reach the 930 four-year APR mark. The Bucs posted a 3.2028 GPA over the current academic year and continues to develop both on the course and in the classroom under the tutelage of head coach Jason Payne.

CSU released the following statement in concurrence with the NCAA's announcement, "Charleston Southern University and the Athletic Department are continuing to monitor the situation with our golf team. We do want to highlight that no one associated with our current team negatively impacted our score. We have a plan in place to address the situation and are committed to ensuring this will not happen again in the future."

Since the Division I membership created the Academic Performance Program 15 years ago, more than 17,500 former student‐athletes have earned APR points for their prior teams by returning to college and earning a degree after their eligibility expired. 

Of those, more than half (9,174) competed in football, baseball or basketball. These students typically do not count in graduation rates because they earn degrees outside the six‐year window allowed by both the federal graduation rate and the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate.

The Committee on Academics is conducting a holistic review of the Academic Performance Rate metric, including which student‐athletes are included in the rate, how transfers are accounted for in the rate (before and after graduation), how the rate is calculated and how penalties are assigned. 

The review, approved last year by the Division I Board of Directors, is intended to evaluate how well the APR is aligning with its purpose: monitoring and demonstrating academic performance and progress toward graduation. The review is expected to continue through 2019. 

The APR, created to provide more of a real‐time measurement of academic success than graduation rates offer, is a team‐based metric where scholarship student‐athletes earn one point each term for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating. Schools that don't offer scholarships track their recruited student‐athletes. 

Every Division I sports team submits data to have its Academic Progress Rate calculated each academic year. The NCAA reports both single‐year rates and four‐year rates, on which penalties for poor academic performance are based. National aggregates are based on all teams with usable, member‐provided data. APRs for each team, lists of teams receiving public recognition and those receiving sanctions are available online through the NCAA's searchable database.

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