The NCAA released its APR database for perusal today. Say what you will about the actual metrics used, but at least the NCAA is trying to force schools to at least somewhat care about the academics of student athletes. The database can be found here.
Overall, Wake scored quite well. For the 2010-11 year (which is the latest in the database), Wake's teams ranged from football's 973 to perfect 1000 scores by men's cross country, women's basketball, golf, and volleyball. To put this in perspective - NCAA sanctions begin for repeated scores under 900.
Well, all of Wake's teams ranged from 973 to 1000 except for men's basketball, which scored a 939. This was the latest continuation of a downward trend:
Now, if I understand the APR formula (and it is entirely possible that I don't), minor penalties accrue for players that leave but don't finish their degrees elsewhere. Hence, James Johnson, Jeff Teague, and Al-Farouq Aminu all lower the score for their respective seasons. Further, I believe the numerous transfers count against until they graduate from their second school.So... take all this with grains of salt. Still, this is a discouraging trend that I wanted to share, particularly in light of the exemplary APR schools that all (!) our other sports teams have.