Grambling State Athletics Achieves Excellence In Latest NCAA APR Report

By Quintessa Williams

 Grambling State University student-athletes continued to excel in the classroom this season, with four programs producing perfect single-year NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores.

“We are extremely proud of all of our student-athletes and how they have consistently performed well in the classroom,” said Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Trayvean D. Scott.

“It’s also a testament to our wonderful academic staff who have consistently displayed tremendous operational excellence in guiding our student-athletes in their matriculation through Grambling State University.” Men’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s bowling, and women’s tennis posted scores of 1,000. In total, six teams improved upon their scores from last season (baseball, men’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s bowling, women’s soccer, and women’s tennis).

All 15 teams exceeded the multi-year threshold of 930, with women’s tennis also scoring a perfect 1,000. Seven programs improved their multi-year scores (football, men’s track, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, softball, women’s track and women’s volleyball). Multi-year scores were tabulated from 2019-20 to 2022-23.

The APR system includes rewards for superior academic performance and penalties for teams that do not achieve certain academic benchmarks. Data are collected annually, and results are announced in the spring.

The Division I Committee on Academics (CoA) oversees the Academic Progress Rate as part of its responsibilities with the Academic Performance Program.  The CoA sets policies and recommends legislative changes to the Division I Board of Directors which has the final say on changes in Division I.