Auburn athletic programs earn ideal April scores

Nine of Austin Peay State University's 14 intercollegiate athletic teams posted their best-ever multi-year Academic Progress Rate in the most recent release NCAA's APR Report, Wednesday.

A school-record 14 teams had one-year April scores of 1,000 for the 2015-16 academic year, including men's basketball, men's and women's cross country, women's golf, women's gymnastics, women's lacrosse, softball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, volleyball, and men's and women's water polo.

The APR is a real-time measure of a team's academic performance and is calculated by reviewing variables such as eligibility, retention and graduation rates of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. Women's volleyball became the 13th different Nittany Lion squad to post at least one flawless 1,000 April score.

The UConn men's basketball team had ideal 1000s in both its single-year and multi-year score.

Those programs include both the women's lacrosse and men's basketball championship teams.

Three Oregon teams - women's golf, men's tennis and beach volleyball - posted flawless multi-year April scores of 1,000. The men's basketball program has a multi-year score of 986, good for fourth in the Pac-12 behind Stanford (1,000), Arizona State (990) and Utah (990). Women's beach volleyball earned a Public Recognition Award for its second consecutive ideal score, while men's volleyball and women's cross country also scored multi-year marks of 1000. Each of those teams was recognized last week with a national award for being in the top 10 percent of their respective sports.


Men's basketball's one-year April for the 2015-16 academic year was 1,000, the second year in a row the program reached the threshold. Women's golf, a relatively new sport that's only in its second year, also had a multi-year score of 1,000. Its average at this time a year ago was 959. "But ultimately, it is our 850 student-athletes who deserve the credit".

Ten of OSU's 15 programs demonstrated a positive trend by either matching or outperforming their multi-year rate in 2015-16. Each scholarship athlete can earn one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible.

All WVU sports scored above the all-important 930 waterline under which teams are subject to practice limitations, reduced scholarships and postseason bans.

New coach Cuonzo Martin's program remains hurt by the 851 April score for Frank Haith's final season in Columbia during 2013-14. A school-record seven teams earned NCAA Public Recognition for their performances. In order to compete in the 2017-18 postseason, teams must achieve a 930 four-year April.

The Penn State women's tennis and women's volleyball squads earned ideal multi-year (2012-13 through 2015-16) April scores of 1,000. A team's April is the total number of points earned on the roster divided by that squad's total of possible points, multiplied by 1,000. "Our commitment in that area is reflected by today's April data released by the NCAA, and we're proud of the significant progress we've made".


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