Lions Boast Solid APR Report Card
The NCAA released the latest APR marks earlier this week.
The most recent rates, which include data for the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 academic years, show every Lion program above the 930 cutline. Women's swimming recorded its sixth-straight 1,000 point score.
In addition to swimming, women's basketball, women’s cross country, women's rowing, women’s track, volleyball and women's water polo all recorded perfect APR scores for the 2014-15 single year. On the men's side, cross country, golf, and water polo all managed perfect APR numbers in the single year.
Men's soccer improved its multi-year APR from 979 to 984 over the last year, while men’s water polo improved from 978 to 986 with the perfect single-year mark, as baseball made a solid improvement from 962 to 974.
On the women's side, basketball improved from 958 to 980, women's rowing went from 979 to 997, and women’s cross country made the jump from 986 to 991.
Men's cross country (994), men’s golf (973) and women's swimming (1,000) all held strong from the previous year.
Across the NCAA, The 2014-15 overall four-year rate was 979, up one point from the previous year’s mark. Three- point improvements in men’s and women’s basketball and football all contributed to that increase. Men’s basketball teams earned a 964 (up from 961), women’s basketball teams earned a 978 (up from 975) and football teams earned a 959 (up from 956).
APR scores are determined by eligibility and retention for each student-athlete on scholarship during a particular academic year. Student-athletes are awarded one point for each semester they are enrolled and one point for each semester they are eligible for intercollegiate competition. A student-athlete can earn a maximum of four points during an academic year. Additional points are not given for student-athletes that graduate at the end of the semester, rather the student-athlete is awarded one point for retention and one point for eligibility.
The APR is then calculated by taking the number of possible points for a particular sport for the four years and dividing that number by the total number of points earned from student-athlete retention and eligibility over the same period of time. The percentage is then multiplied by 1,000 to obtain the actual multiyear rate used in the report.
The purpose of the APR, according to the NCAA, is to provide a "real-time snapshot" of each team's academic performance. The NCAA requires teams to maintain a minimum multiyear APR of 930 to avoid contemporaneous penalties that include postseason bans and the possibility of losing grant-in-aid for the period of one year if a student-athlete leaves school while academically ineligible. Institutions will not be allowed to award the grant-in-aid from the ineligible student-athlete to a different student-athlete. The contemporaneous penalties only apply when a team below the 930 cutline does not retain an academically ineligible student-athlete.
For more information on the APR, please visit the NCAA website at NCAA.org.
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