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NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Continues Sterling APR Scores

No teams will face NCAA punishment for academic performance again.

Colorado College was one of four schools with a perfect four-year average APR score
Colorado College was one of four schools with a perfect four-year average APR score
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The NCAA released their annual Academic Progress Rate scores this week for the 2011-2012 academic year, and once again, men's ice hockey proved to be a standout among NCAA sports. The Academic Progress Rate(or APR) is the NCAA's metric for evaluating academic achievement among specific teams.

Here is the NCAA explanation on how APR scores are calculated:

Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one retention point for staying in school and one eligibility point for being academically eligible. A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by one thousand to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate score.

For example:

A Division I Football Bowl Subdivision team awards the full complement of 85 grants-in-aid. If 80 student-athletes remain in school and academically eligible, three remain in school but are academically ineligible and two drop out academically ineligible, the team earns 163 of 170 possible points for that term. Divide 163 by 170 and multiply by 1,000 to determine that the team’s Academic Progress Rate for that term is 959.

That year's APR score is then added to the three previous years to give a four-year average APR score. If a team has a four-year average below 925, they can face immediate scholarship reductions, while scores under 900 can lead to restrictions on scholarships and practice time, as well as postseason bans.

Luckily, no NCAA men's ice hockey team will face any such penalties for poor performance. In fact, no Division I ice hockey team has faced an NCAA penalty for low APR scores since the system was instituted in 2004.

Leading the way among college hockey teams were Ivy league schools Princeton, Dartmouth, and Brown, as well as Colorado College, who all boasted perfect multi-year scores of 1000.

Lowest on the totem pole was Alaska-Anchorage, with a multi-year score of 931, 15 points lower than Alabama-Huntsville, and 24 points lower than Nebraska-Omaha, the next two lowest teams on the list. The Seawolves don't seem to be in any serious danger for potential penalties, however, as they're currently being weighed down by a very weak score in 2008-2009, that comes off the books next year.

Here's a complete list of how each team stacked up:

School Multi-Year Rate
Princeton University 1000
Dartmouth College 1000
Colorado College 1000
Brown University 1000
Yale University 998
Harvard University 998
The Ohio State University 997
Merrimack College 997
Ferris State University 997
Bentley University 997
Rochester Institute of Technology 996
Colgate University 996
Union College (New York) 995
St. Lawrence University 994
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 994
University of Notre Dame 991
University of New Hampshire 991
U.S. Air Force Academy 991
Clarkson University 991
University of Maine, Orono 990
University of North Dakota 989
Lake Superior State University 989
College of the Holy Cross 989
American International College 989
University of Denver 988
Cornell University 988
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 987
Canisius College 987
Boston University 987
Robert Morris University 986
Boston College 986
Western Michigan University 985
University of Massachusetts, Amherst 985
Michigan Technological University 985
Bemidji State University 984
Sacred Heart University 983
Quinnipiac University 983
U.S. Military Academy 982
University of Michigan 981
University of Connecticut 981
Miami University (Ohio) 979
Michigan State University 978
University of Wisconsin, Madison 977
Providence College 974
University of Massachusetts, Lowell 973
Mercyhurst University 973
Northern Michigan University 972
University of Vermont 971
Minnesota State University, Mankato 970
Bowling Green State University 968
St. Cloud State University 967
Niagara University 967
Northeastern University 966
University of Alaska Fairbanks 963
University of Minnesota Duluth 962
University of Nebraska Omaha 955
University of Alabama in Huntsville 946
University of Alaska Anchorage 931