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NCAA Releases Latest APR Numbers

May 23, 2018

Loyola Marymount University reported three athletic programs with perfect multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR) in 2016-17, and seven of 18 teams have recorded scores of 990 or better. Comparing year-to-year, 12 of 18 teams maintained or improved their multi-year scores, according to the annual APR report released by the NCAA earlier this week.

The most recent rates, which include data for the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years, show every Lion program above the 930 cutline. Women's swimming recorded its eighth-straight 1,000 point score.

In addition to swimming, golf and men’s water polo also posted a perfect APR score – earning last week’s NCAA Public Recognition Awards for ranking in the Top-10 percent of their sport.

Men’s basketball improved its multi-year APR from 944 to 945 over the last year, while golf improved from 974 to a perfect 1,000. Men’s water polo also improved to perfect, jumping up from a mark of 993. Women’s basketball improved from 975 to 990, while women’s rowing improved from 986 to 989. Women’s soccer moved from 977 to 981, and women’s track improved from 990 to 995. Women’s volleyball made the move from 963 to 979, while women’s water polo improved a point from 989 to 990. Men’s soccer (978), softball (977) and women's swimming (1,000) each held strong from the previous year.

The 2016-17 overall four-year rate is 983, up two points from the four-year rate announced last year.

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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