Posts Tagged ‘APR’

D1 Coaching Contact: Academic Success

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Coaches all too often receive large bonuses when their team is winning, but why not for their team’s academic success?

Education Secretary Arne Duncan believes:

Universities need to tie bonus pay of their coaches and athletics directors more prominently to their college athletes’ academic performance

And so do we!

Key elements to a coach’s contact located in the academic incentive clause include:

  • Implement policies and demonstrate behavior that advances academic success
  • A flat bonus for meeting graduation rates or academic progress rate (APR) scores
  • A team cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Meeting each element would earn the coach a bonus money signmoney signmoney sign

Penalties should also be in place to regulate a decrease in a team’s academic performance.



Let’s not forget UConn’s recent NCAA Tournament suspension for low Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores




Grambling was also hit hard with binding force for low APR scores.

Sanctions should also be in place for a decrease in APR score, which include:

  • Limited practice
  • Shortened season
  • Game forfeiture
  • Scholarship reduction

After a scholarship reduction sanction, the next step is to implement an Academic Enhancement Team to aid student-athletes.

The following link by the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics sheds light on the athletic and academic discrepancies in a coach’s contract.

Do you ever wonder which school would win in an NCAA Academic Performance Tournament?

You’re not the first. In fact, Inside Higher Ed has an academic tournament giving the student-athletes and fans bragging rights in the classroom.

ncaa academic winnerThe 2014 winner is Kansas.






Changes to DI Athletic Policies

Monday, April 7th, 2014

With the recent media attention garnered due to some questionable choices in student-athlete selection, current coaching contracts have undergone a series of changes to incorporate stronger coach involvement in the student aspect of the student-athletes college experience.
Coaching contracts will undergo reform based on the APR graduation rankings. Currently, we are mandated to score a 930 average over the previous 4 years of competitive seasons. Our institution will strive to exceed this mark over larger margins:
Beginning with the 2014-15 season, programs will be required to meet this mark. The first year offense will result in a $500 fine per point below, increasing marginally for 5 years to a total of $1000 per point below, with a maximum fine of $10,000. Fines will be contributed to the general academic scholarship fund.
Teams averaging 940+ will receive an additional $10,000 funding to the programs travel and expense funds, as well as:
$5,000 salary bonus to head coaches, and $1,000 bonus to assistant coaches for scores up to 949
$10,000 salary bonus to head coaches and $2,000 bonus to assistant coaches for scores 950-959
$15,000 salary bonus to head coaches and $3,000 bonus to assistant coaches for scores 960+
In addition, coaches will be expected to raise student-athlete standards in the classroom. GPA requirements will be raised from the current 2.0 to 2.5, class attendance mandatory, and implemented weekly study halls.
The goal of this contract incentive is to exceed all NCAA academic minimums and encourage classroom success hand-in-hand with athletic success.