Top APR performers

The NCAA announced the top APR performers in each sport on Tuesday, with 14 FBS schools getting Public Recognition Awards for scoring in the top 10 percent of all 120 FBS programs.

Six of the 14 are from non-AQ schools: Boise State, Middle Tennessee, Northern Illinois, Rice, Air Force and Navy. Clemson, Duke, Northwestern, Rutgers, Stanford, Ohio State, Miami and Vanderbilt are the others receiving recognition. The academic progress rates track classroom achievement for student-athletes. The multiyear rates are based on scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.

Middle Tennessee has made a particularly impressive jump. In 2003, the school had the worst APR among all FBS schools and second-worst APR among Division I football programs. But the school has revamped its academic services and has been a true success story. This article is old, but does a great job of laying out the changes the school made after its embarrassing performance.

The NCAA will release the full APR scores for all teams, including penalties for low performers, on May 24.