Florida State’s Academic Progress Rate for football is trending in a positive direction, according to new results from 2018-19 released by the NCAA on Tuesday.
FSU football had an APR of 956 (on a 1,000) scale for 2018-19, showing a notable jump in year 2 under coach Willie Taggart. After three academic years of declining multi-year APR results, FSU football is at 942 but is still among the lowest totals in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The totals are low in large part due to a lack of emphasis on academics and degree completion under coach Jimbo Fisher.
It’s fair to expect football’s totals to continue to rise given the increased emphasis on academics under new coach Mike Norvell. FSU football has touted its GPA as 3.127, the best in program history, for the spring 2020 semester. Degree completion for athletes who have left campus has been encouraged and some recent examples include Rashad Greene returning to earn his diploma.
According to the NCAA, the APR is calculated to provide more of a real-time measurement of academic success than graduation rates offer, is a team-based metric in which scholarship student-athletes earn 1 point each term for remaining eligible and 1 point for staying in school or graduating. While GPA and APR aren’t the same measuring tool, it’s clear that success semester after semester in the classroom builds student-athletes toward earning their degree.
It’s also important to consider that APR numbers are always reflecting the prior academic year, in this case 2018-19. But there were plenty of positives across FSU’s Olympics sports teams.
Men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s basketball, women’s golf, soccer, women’s tennis, women’s track and women’s volleyball each had a 1,000 APR score for 2018-19. Women’s tennis, women’s golf and women’s track have sparkling 1,000 multi-year APRs.
Men’s basketball also had a 980 APR in 2018-19 with a 985 multi-year APR, notable in a sport that sees so many athletes leave school early. Women’s basketball also has a .979 multi-year APR.
FSU baseball saw its 2018-19 APR dip to 936, although its multi-year APR is solid at 971. The APR dip is in part due to some players transferring as part of the transition between Mike Martin Sr. and Mike Martin Jr.