AKRON, Ohio – Eight programs in The University of Akron's Department of Athletics recorded a perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 1,000 for the 2010-11 academic year, with 15 of 19 teams exceeding the NCAA national multi-year average, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced Wednesday.
Posting perfect scores were volleyball, rifle, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, softball and women's tennis. The softball and women's tennis teams were both honored on June 14 for posting perfect scores over the past four reported academic years (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11).
"Today's APR report confirms once again that our student-athletes are flourishing in the classroom," Akron Director of Athletics Tom Wistrcill said. "Nearly every program equaled or bettered their average from last season, and we continue to see our scores rise. These results represent a complete team effort from everyone in the athletics department and across the University."
Programs exceeding the national multi-year average of 973 for public universities in its respective sport included softball (1,000), women's tennis (1,000), women's cross country (995), women's volleyball (995), women's soccer (991), men's soccer (988), women's swimming and diving (988), women's basketball (986), women's golf (985), men's basketball (980), baseball (979), men's golf (979), women's indoor track and field (977), women's outdoor track and field (977), and rifle (973).
All 19 programs, including the men's outdoor track and field (970), men's indoor track and field (970), men's cross country (939) and football (933) programs also posted averages above the NCAA's APR target score of 925. Additionally, thirteen programs maintained or improved their four-year APR score from last year's report.
The APR score is based on the NCAA's APR rating system, which is a real-time measure of eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes.
In seven years of the NCAA's academic reform program, 2,946 different teams have received Public Recognition Awards, representing 46 percent of eligible teams during that time. Of that total, 209 teams have received Public Recognition Awards each of the seven years of the program.
Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The score measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.