Six Programs Earn Perfect Multi-Year APR Scores
May 23, 2018

CHICAGO - The NCAA released the latest Academic Progress Rate report with six DePaul programs posting multi-year rates of 1,000. Women's basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s golf, softball and men’s tennis each recorded perfect rates while 11 of 13 programs at DePaul surpassed the NCAA overall APR of 983.

Men’s golf posted a perfect rate for the 12th time in 13 years while women’s basketball held a 1,000 APR for the eighth consecutive year and ninth time overall. Men’s cross country achieved the highest score for the fifth straight time while softball posted its fourth consecutive perfect score and its ninth overall. The women’s cross country program reached the 1,000 APR mark for the second straight year and men’s tennis posted its second 1,000 mark and first since 2011-12.

Women’s soccer and volleyball each registered a mark of 997 followed by men’s soccer (992), women’s track and field (991), women’s tennis (985), men’s track and field (978) and men’s basketball (961).

To compete in the 2018-19 postseason, teams must achieve a 930 four-year APR. NCAA members chose the 930 standard because that score predicts, on average, a 50 percent graduation rate for teams at that APR level. Additionally, teams must earn at least a 930 four-year APR to avoid penalties.

The APR, created to be a more real-time measurement of academic success than graduation rates, is a team-based metric through which scholarship student-athletes each term earn 1 point for remaining eligible and 1 point for staying in school or graduating. At schools that don’t offer scholarships, recruited student-athletes are tracked.

Every Division I sports team calculates its Academic Progress Rate each academic year. The NCAA reports both single-year rates and four-year rates, on which penalties for poor academic performance are based. National aggregates are based on all teams with usable, member-provided data from April 6.

Last week, six DePaul programs were recognized with Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for having multi-year Academic Performance Rate (APR) scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. Women's basketball, men's cross country, women’s cross country, men's golf, softball and men’s tennis were all recognized by the NCAA.

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