May 24, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS - All 21 University of Alabama varsity athletic teams scored well above the national cutoff standard of 925 in the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) the NCAA announced Tuesday. In addition, 15 Crimson Tide teams posted scores that either matched or were above the national Division I average in their respective sports. Figures released covered the four-year period extending from the 2006-07 through 2009-10 school years.
“I am very pleased that the University of Alabama continues to do extremely well in terms of the NCAA’s annual Academic Progress Rate," UA Director of Athletics Mal Moore said. "As an institution, our primary focus remains providing a quality education for all our student-athletes while striving for excellence in the field of athletics. I think this latest report, along with the success we have had athletically, is a testament to the high level of success we continue to enjoy in all aspects of the collegiate experience.”
The Tide women's golf team, which finished eighth nationally this year, recently received public recognition from the NCAA for its APR score figuring in the top 10 percentile nationally among teams in that sport, with a perfect 1000 APR.
The women's golf team was joined by the back-to-back SEC Champion softball team (994), the NCAA and SEC Champion gymnastics team (991) as well as the men's golf (993), women's swimming & diving (987), women's tennis (985), women's cross country (983), men's swimming & diving (982), men's tennis (981) and soccer (980) teams in achieving the highest scores by Alabama teams.
The Tide football team's APR continues to rise, going to 963 this year, 17 points higher than the national football average. The men's basketball team, which has posted three straight 1,000 single-year APR scores, moved to a 973 four-year mark, which puts them 28 points above the national average for men's basketball.
"In looking at the latest APR report in detail, there is a lot to be excited about," Assistant Athletic Director for Student Services Jon Dever said. "All 21 teams were at least 28 points above the 925 mark, including a dozen teams that bettered that mark by 50 points or more. There were 12 teams, including football and men's basketball, which improved their four-year scores from a year ago. Nine of our teams earned a perfect single-year APR of 1,000 for the 2009-10 academic year and 12 teams scored better than 990 during that same span. We're very proud of all we have accomplished and continue to accomplish on this front."
Listed below are the latest APR Scores for all 21 University of Alabama Athletic Teams:
Now in its seventh year, the Academic Progress Rate measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. It also serves as a predictor of graduation success. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, and 2009-10 academic years. The NCAA's Division I Board of Directors set cut scores of 925 and 900 (out of 1,000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face possible immediate and historical sanctions. An APR of 925 translates to approximately a 50 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and an APR of 900 translates to approximately a 40 percent GSR.
This is the sixth year of immediate (or contemporaneous) penalties for teams that score below 925 APR, and have a student-athlete who leaves school academically ineligible. This year marks the fifth year for historical penalties. Teams that receive three straight years of historical penalties (below 900 APR) face the potential of restrictions on postseason competition for the team, in addition to scholarship and practice restrictions.