Final Grades: Might not be best on field, but Wisconsin football No. 1 in classroom

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin football team may not be No. 1 in the rankings, but it is in the classroom.According to the Academic Progress Rate rankings released Wednesday, the Badgers’ football team finished first in the nation with a score of 998 (out of 1,000) over the last three years.That score placed them ahead of other academically reputable institutions such as Northwestern (992), Duke (992), Michigan (990) and Stanford (987).Wisconsin football now has placed in the top 10 percent in APR for the last three years, one of only six schools to accomplish this feat.Men’s Basketball and Football Perfect This YearThe men’s basketball team and football squad were two of eight UW teams to earn a perfect score of 1,000.The other six were men’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s golf, women’s hockey, softball and volleyball.Overall, 10 of UW’s 23 programs achieved an APR of 990, while 19 of the programs were at their sport’s average or higher.What is APR?Installed by the NCAA in 2003, APR is a way of measuring student-athletes’ academic eligibility and retention rate with the goal of holding institutions accountable.To calculate APR, a point is awarded for the student-athlete staying in school and another point if he or she remains eligible. Then, those points are divided by the number of points possible and multiplied by 1,000.If programs don’t reach a specified benchmark, it could result in penalties such as the loss of scholarships or playoff bans.last_img

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Final Grades: Might not be best on field, but Wisconsin football No. 1 in classroom