The NCAA recently released the current Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores and The University of Alabama has much to celebrate. The football program has progressed from very weak showings in the 2004 -2005 averages to #1 in the SEC and #11 in the nation in the latest report. The APR is comprised of a four year rolling average and the latest rankings include the 2011-2012 academic year.
Alabama’s score of 978 leads the conference. However, the current ratings do not include SEC newcomers Texas A&M and Missouri, since neither school was a member of the SEC during any of the four years in the average. If those schools were included, Alabama would drop to #2 behind Missouri (982) but still lead A&M (954). Next year, Missouri will have one year in the average as a member of the conference and that gives the Tide a new goal in the quest for constant improvement.
Alabama has improved steadily since the arrival of Coach Saban and his emphasis on winning every aspect of the game. Only Tennessee, with a 4 year average of 924 falls below the NCAA standard. You can view the complete list at the link above and configure a search for any team, conference, or year by configuring a search in the database link.
Follow William on Twitter