HBCUs Hit Hard by NCAA Sanctions

ncaa1The National Collegiate Athletic Association has released its latest Academic Progress Rates (APR) for colleges and universities. The ratings are calculated using eligibility, retention, and graduation rates of student athletes. Teams that do not reach certain thresholds of academic success are penalized by the NCAA.

Eighteen teams were penalized by being declared ineligible for postseason competition in the 2013-14 academic year. Of these 18 teams, 15 were teams at historically Black colleges and universities. While HBCUs are bearing the brunt of the most stringent sanctions, the NCAA states that the average APR rate for HBCUs has risen 15 points over the past two years. NCAA Executive Vice President Bernard Franklin, stated “Over time, these institutions will continue to flourish and meet the needs of their student-athletes.”

The sports teams facing sanctions at HBCUs are:

Alabama State University: baseball, football, men’s basketball, women’s volleyball

Florida A&M University: women’s volleyball

Grambling State University: men’s basketball

Mississippi Valley State University: baseball, football, men’s basketball

Norfolk State University: men’s indoor track, men’s outdoor track

Savannah State University: football

Southern University: men’s indoor track, men’s outdoor track

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff: men’s basketball

Related Articles


Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Faculty Positions

The new faculty are Esther Jones at Brown University and Dagmawi Woubshet at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is Established at Bowie State University

"The new program will help to increase the number of counselor educators within the counseling field and the number of competent Black counselor educators," says Dr. Otis Williams, chair of the Bowie State University department of counseling and psychological studies.

Elizabeth City State University Partners With the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to Increase Representation of Black Graduate...

"We are excited by this partnership with UT Health Science Center and the opportunities this brings to our students who wish to pursue advanced degrees," said Kuldeep Rawat, dean of the Elizabeth City State University School of Science, Health and Technology.

Kimberly White-Smith Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education

“Through her leadership and scholarship, Dr. White-Smith inspires a new generation of teachers to serve students and approach their work with equity, compassion, and respect,” said Gail F. Baker, provost and senior vice president at the University of San Diego. 

Featured Jobs