Alabama Athletics’ Strong Showing in NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate Continues
All 21 University of Alabama athletics teams continue to score well above the national cutoff standard in the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) the NCAA announced this week. Figures released cover the four-year period extending from the 2013-14 through 2016-17 school years.
“The latest APR numbers reinforce our on-going commitment to our student-athletes and our ultimate goal of providing a quality education that provides them a strong foundation for their futures," UA Director of Athletics Greg Byrne said. "We are very proud of the way everyone – our student-athletes, coaches, faculty and staff – dedicate themselves to excellence in all areas of the collegiate experience."
Overall, 15 Crimson Tide teams posted scores above the national average in their respective sports, including seven that bettered the national average of their sport by 10 points or more.
Alabama football scored a program-record 984, which bettered the national average for Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams by 16 points. The Crimson Tide men's basketball team posted a 985 APR, bettering the national average by 18 points. Baseball, with a 990 APR, bettered the national average by 15 points.
Four Alabama teams - gymnastics, softball, women's golf and men's cross country - earned public recognition from the NCAA for their APR scores figuring in the top-10 percentile nationally among teams in those sports.
In addition to national recognition, eight Crimson Tide teams ranked among the top two in their respective sports in the SEC, with gymnastics, softball, women's golf, women’s swimming and diving as well as men's cross country all ranked No. 1 in the league. Football, baseball and men's swimming and diving all ranked second in the SEC among their respective sports.
Men's cross country, women's golf, gymnastics and softball all scored a perfect 1,000 for their four-year score. Those four teams were joined by women’s swimming and diving (998), volleyball (995), men’s swimming and diving (994), women’s cross country (993), rowing (993), women’s tennis (992), women’s indoor and outdoor track and field (991) and baseball (990) among the 13 UA programs with scores of 990 or better.
Alabama football (984), men’s basketball (985) and soccer (987) were among the teams that posted scores of 980 or better. A total of 15 Alabama teams either matched or exceeded their APR from the year before.
"Our APR numbers continue to be strong and they show The University of Alabama’s continued commitment to doing things the right way," UA senior associate athletics director for student services Jon Dever said.
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 NCAA's Division I Board of Directors set cut scores of 930 (out of 1,000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face possible immediate and historical sanctions. An APR of 930 translates to approximately a 50 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR).
|Men's Team||Score||Women's Team||Score|
|Swimming & Diving||994||Soccer||987|
|Indoor Track||960||Swimming & Diving||998|
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