Athletics Announces 2006-07 APR Results
How institutions calculate APR is as follows: each student-athlete on scholarship (full or partial) in every intercollegiate sport will account for four APR points’ every year - two for the fall semester and two for the spring semester. One point is given for a student-athlete remaining academically eligible and the other point is given for continued enrollment in the respective institution. Each student-athlete can earn a maximum of four points.
Dividing the number of points earned by its student-athletes by the points possible and then multiplying by 1,000 will calculate a team's APR. The multi-year number is the average APR score of each sport from the past four academic years (the first four years since implementation of APR): 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07.
Twelve of the 15 programs improved their APR from 2005-06 to 2006-07, including men’s tennis which scored a perfect 1,000. The reason those three programs failed to improve on their numbers is because they scored a perfect 1,000 the previous academic year.
“I am very proud of the efforts of our coaches and student-athletes to address the NCAA’s APR guidelines. Positive progress has been made but we must remain diligent in all our academic endeavors,” said Director of Athletics Sam Baker. “We have worked to improve the academic resources available to our student-athletes and the results are showing. Our goal remains to provide our student-athletes with the ability to win a championship ring and earn a diploma.”
Two sports took a contemporaneous penalty based on their team multi-year APR score. Football posted its highest single-year rate at 944, improving its multi-year rate by 15 points to 905. However, football had a reduction of 3.51 scholarships for the 2007-08 year. Golf (913 multi-year rate) was reduced by 0.33 scholarships for the 2007-08 year.
Keith Roughton, Associate Athletics Director in charge of Student-Athlete Services and NCAA Compliance, noted that academics have always been a priority, but since the implementation of APR he has seen first hand the increased commitment by coaches and student-athletes.
“While we are disappointed we are still taking APR penalties, those scholarship reductions, especially in football, have decreased in recent years. We feel our academic program continues to move in the right direction. An example would be football, men’s basketball and baseball - three sports that have suffered a penalty in the past - posting their highest single-year APR score,” said Roughton. “I am proud of the way our coaches and student-athletes are taking advantage of the improvements we have made in resources allocated to them. We are all encouraged by the direction our sports are moving. As we go forward with the rolling four year average we anticipate seeing increases in our multi-year scores.”
SPORT 2006-07 APR MULTI-YEAR APR
Women’s Basketball 984 956
Baseball 964 914
Women’s Soccer 974 982
Track and Field 980 958
Men’s Soccer 932 911
Softball 951 912
Men’s Tennis 1000 949
Cross County 950 939
Golf 875 913
Swimming/Diving 955 942
Football 944 905
Women’s Tennis 971 955
Men’s Basketball 942 897
Volleyball 913 961
- Category: Athletics
- Published on Thursday, 24 April 2008 00:06