Southern University officials received notification Monday that its ongoing efforts to rectify the unusable data issues surrounding its certification and Academic Progress Rate process met the NCAA’s approval.
 
According to the NCAA, on August 15, 2015, Southern fulfilled another condition of its probationary status – submission of its fall 2015 eligibility certification forms  a sampling of certification forms submitted recently appear to be correct.  The institution was reminded that it has additional required actions to complete during the probationary status.
 
“As a result of the broad-based initiative implemented by and the collaborative efforts of the Academic Task Force, Southern University Baton Rouge athletics received confirmation from the NCAA that we have developed a sustainable process for providing accurate and usable certification data,” said Interim Athletics Director Roman Banks.
  
Banks added, “This process ensures that the SU Athletic Department is able to progress forward with submitting its Academic Performance Program information by the Sept. 28 deadline. The successful completion of this task would not have been possible if it were not for the tireless efforts of many University employees and consultants.”  
 
SU athletics will now focus on supplying the NCAA with the data needed to calculate the APR scores for the department's 15 Division I athletic programs.
Implemented in 2003 as part of an ambitious academic reform effort in Division I, the Academic Progress Rate (APR) holds institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for each academic term.