Seven FCS Schools Face APR Practice Reductions

The NCAA released its Academic Progress Rate (APR) on Tuesday, which measures the academic success of a school and its various athletic programs. Failure to obtain a rating over 930 can lead to penalties, such as the penalty 7 FCS member institutions face based on the APR scores from the 2019-20 academic year through the 2022-23 academic year.

Alabama A&M, Bethune-Cookman, Mississippi Valley State, Missouri State, Tennessee State, Utah Tech, and Western Illinois are the seven FCS schools that finished with an unsatisfactory APR score below 930. All seven schools face the same level one penalty: a practice reduction from 20 hours a week to 16 hours per week. The 4 hours of reduced practice will be used for academics. The table below shows each school, conference, multi-year APR score, and penalty. A full table of all APR scores can be found here.

Schools currently do not face postseason penalties for APR scores that are continually lower than 930 as the NCAA is opting to allow conditional waivers due to the lasting academic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SchoolConferenceMulti-Year RatePenalty
Alabama A&MSWAC905Level 1: Practice Reduction
Bethune-CookmanSWAC880Level 1: Practice Reduction
Mississippi Valley StateSWAC907Level 1: Practice Reduction
Missouri StateMVFC912Level 1: Practice Reduction
Tennessee StateBig South-OVC914Level 1: Practice Reduction
Utah TechUAC887Level 1: Practice Reduction
Western IllinoisBig South-OVC901Level 1: Practice Reduction

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