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Academic Progress Rate: How Nevada's 'student-athletes' fare scholastically


The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) holds all Division I schools accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through the Academic Progress Rate (APR), a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete per term.  Every semester, each athlete receives one point for remaining eligible to play, and one point for returning to school, for a total of two points per athlete, per team.  The APR has been in place for ten years now and since its launch, the NCAA is reporting more than 13,000 student-athletes have returned to finish their degrees. The average APR a school must carry is 930 points out of 1,000.  Doug Knuth, Director of Athletics at the University of Nevada, Reno, explains how this works and how well student-athletes at Nevada are ranking among other schools in the Division I Mountain West Conference.

Esther Ciammachilli is a former part-time broadcaster at KUNR Public Radio.
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