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Latest APR Marks Released by NCAA

May 11, 2017

Loyola Marymount University reported seven athletic programs with perfect single-year Academic Progress Rates (APR) in 2015-16, while 8 of 18 teams maintained or improved their multiyear scores, according to the annual APR report released by the NCAA earlier this week.

The most recent rates, which include data for the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years, show every Lion program above the 930 cutline. Women's swimming recorded its seventh-straight 1,000 point score.

In addition to swimming, women’s tennis also posted a perfect APR score for the 2015-16 single year. On the men's side, cross country, golf, tennis, track and water polo all managed perfect APR numbers in the single year.

Baseball improved its multi-year APR from 974 to 977 over the last year, while men’s basketball improved from 939 to 944. Men’s cross country improved from 994 to a perfect 1,000, while golf moved from 973 to 974. Men’s track improved from 989 to 995, while men’s water polo increased its mark from 986 to 993. Men’s tennis (993) and women's swimming (1,000) each held strong from the previous year.

The 2015-16 overall four-year rate is 981, up two points from the four-year rate announced last year. Three-point improvements in baseball and football four-year rates contributed to that increase. Baseball teams earned a 973 four-year rate (up from 970), and football teams earned a 962 (up from 959). In addition, men’s basketball teams earned a 966 four-year rate (up from 964), and women’s basketball teams earned a 980 (up from 978).

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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