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Lions Register Solid APR Numbers

The latest APR scores were posted by the NCAA this week.
May 27, 2015 Loyola Marymount University reported 10 athletic programs with perfect single year Academic Progress Rates (APR) in 2013-14 while 10 of 18 teams maintained or improved their multiyear scores, according to the NCAA.

The most recent rates, which include data for the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 academic years, show every Lion program above the 930 cutline. Women's swimming recorded its fifth-straight 1,000, earning an APR Public Recognition Award last week for scoring in the top-10 percent of all women's swim programs.

In addition to swimming, women's basketball, women's soccer, softball and women's tennis all recorded perfect APR scores for the 2013-14 single year. On the men's side, cross country, golf, tennis, track and water polo all managed perfect APR numbers in the single year.

Men's basketball improved its multi-year APR from 948 to 959 over the last year, while cross country improved from 982 to 994 with the perfect single-year mark. Men's tennis reported a 993 multi-year APR, up from 979 a year ago, while men's track improved from 982 to 994.

On the women's side, softball improved from 985 to 990, women's rowing went from 972 to 979, and women's soccer made the jump from 984 to 990.

Men's golf (974), women's swimming (1,000) and women's tennis (992) all held strong from the previous 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.

LMU Academic Progress Rate Report -- Spring 2015
Men's Sport | Multi-Year Rate
Baseball | 962
Men's Basketball | 959
Men's Cross Country | 994
Men's Golf | 974
Men's Soccer | 979
Men's Tennis | 993
Men's Track, Outdoor | 994
Men's Water Polo | 978

Women's Sport | Multi-Year Rate
Softball | 990
Women's Basketball | 958
Women's Cross Country | 986
Women's Rowing | 979
Women's Soccer | 990
Women's Swimming and Diving | 1000
Women's Tennis | 992
Women's Track, Outdoor | 986
Women's Volleyball | 961
Women's Water Polo | 991

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