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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
APR for SEC schools

By Edward Aschoff

The NCAA released its full academic progress rates Tuesday, and all 12 SEC football programs are free from penalties after their academic performances.

The APR is a term-by-term measure of eligibility and retention for Division I student-athletes that was developed as an early indicator of eventual graduation rates. Teams scoring below 925 out of 1,000 can face penalties, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice and competition. Rates are based on the past four years of performance.

No SEC football team's APR dipped below 937.

Last week, Vanderbilt was the lone SEC football program to receive a Public Recognition Award of outstanding classroom performance and graduation success.

The Commodores were among the top 10 percent of football teams in the multiyear APR scores, which takes into account measurements from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.

Vanderbilt led all SEC schools with a multiyear APR of 977. Florida and Georgia were right behind the Commodores with matching 976 rates.

Arkansas and Tennessee were at the bottom of the league with rates of 937.

Here’s a look at each SEC school’s APR:

Vanderbilt – 977

Florida – 976

Georgia – 976

LSU – 966

Alabama – 963

South Carolina – 954

Mississippi State – 952

Kentucky – 948

Auburn – 940

Ole Miss – 939

Arkansas – 937

Tennessee – 937