DePaul University Athletics APR Statement
The Academic Progress Rate (APR) for all Division I institutions was released today by the NCAA. This new reporting system was created by the NCAA membership to give a more accurate, present-view snapshot of the academic success and retention of student-athletes. The current APR is based upon eligibility and retention points earned by scholarship student-athletes at each institution for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 academic years; however the APR will eventually consist of a four-year rolling rate.
Six of fifteen DePaul sports teams earned a perfect 1000 score during the initial two-year term (Women’s Basketball, Softball, Women’s Tennis, Men’s Golf, Men’s Indoor Track, and Men’s Outdoor Track,).
Seven of the remaining nine have achieved a rate that exceeds 963 and is higher than the average rate for private institutions participating in that same sport (Men’s Soccer, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Cross-Country, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Indoor Track, Women’s Outdoor Track, and Volleyball). Men’s Basketball, which experienced a late-season coaching change, is the only sport that fell below the 925 threshold and was subject to a NCAA penalty equal to the loss of one scholarship for one academic year. DePaul elected to take this penalty in the current 2005-06 year and is not subject to any further sanctions.
DePaul Director of Athletics Jean Lenti Ponsetto Statement:
“The rates earned by many of our sports are at, or near, a perfect score and reflect the continued academic success of DePaul student-athletes. Thirteen of our fifteen teams exceeded the average across every class of Division I as well as private institutions as a whole. Our men’s basketball APR is reflective of the student-athletes who did not persist, in large part, as a result of coaching changes in the program. Our highest priority remains the academic success of our student-athletes.”