There is no one cheering them on in the classroom, but academics is obviously a major piece of college athletics, and Boise State’s athletes are doing things worth applauding.
The NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) report Wednesday, and the Broncos posted their best multi-year score. For the four years through the most recent completed academic year, 2017-18, Boise State’s multi-year score is 989.
Athletes are given a point each for staying in school or graduating and remaining academically eligible each term. Team scores are added up and divided by the maximum possible and multiplied by 1,000.
“Part of the student-athlete experience is earning a degree, and the effort put forth by our student-athletes, our coaches, our academic support staff and everyone on campus is amazing,” Athletic Director Curt Apsey said in a statement. “Our student-athletes continue to strive for excellence in every area, and this is just another example of what makes Boise State so special.”
Beach volleyball, men’s golf, women’s golf, gymnastics and women’s tennis each posted perfect multi-year scores of 1,000, while the men’s track and field team recorded a 997 and women’s basketball had a 996. The department’s single-year score of 991 for 2017-18 ties the best in school history. The five programs with perfect scores and men’s track and field received NCAA Public Recognition Awards.
The Boise State football team’s single-year score was 990 and its multi-year was 979, third-best in the Mountain West behind Air Force (998) and Nevada (987). Men’s basketball had a perfect 1,000 for 2017-18 and a multi-year score of 985, tied for second-best in the conference, two points behind Air Force. Men’s tennis had a 1,000 for 2017-18, but its multi-year of 945 is eighth-lowest in the NCAA.
Idaho football, which had been given a bowl ban in 2014 because of a multi-year APR less than 930, now sits at a solid 963, fourth in the Big Sky Conference. Idaho State is third at 967. Neither school had a team multi-year score of less than 947.