Shane brought up the APR while talking with Paul Finebaum today. APR is a combination of academic progress and RETENTION.
How does the APR work? According to the NCAA website:
the APR awards two points each term to student-athletes who meet academic-eligibility standards and who remain with the institution. A team’s APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible.
When a player ceases participation with the school (ie: transfers, leaves school, expelled, etc.), he counts against the APR.
In January, CAP voted to allow some flexibility for tranfers. According to the NCAA, “institutions can discount the retention point in the APR formula for transfer student-athletes who immediately enroll in another four-year institution, earn the eligibility point and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 2.6 or higher. The transfer student-athlete must have attended the initial institution for at least one academic year.”
However, there is no such waiver for students who do not meet these stipulations (GPA, enrolling in another four-year institution). The retention element is the most difficult issue for coaches who want to solve problems with a football team.