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Sun Devil Athletics Posts Highest APR Score To Date
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Release: 06/11/2013
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June 11, 2013

NCAA APR Scores | APR Public Recognition Awards
TEMPE, Ariz. -
The NCAA's annual Academic Progress Rate report was announced today and Arizona State University posted its highest average APR score to date for all sports, 980, and an average score of 988 for women's teams. 

Baseball and women's tennis received public recognition for their rank in the nation's top 10-percent. The baseball program has improved greatly from just a few years ago, going from last place to second in the conference only trailing Stanford. Nine ASU teams finished in the top third of the Pac-12 Conference and nine team had a single year APR of 1000 (100%) in 2011-12, including baseball and men's basketball.

Vice President for University Athletics Steve Patterson had this to say, "We are extremely proud of the outstanding work our coaches and Office of Student-Athlete Development have done in leading our student-athletes in the classroom. We won't stop here and want the scores to keep trending in the same great direction." 

"We are proud that we are among the leaders in Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year winners every year, produce Academic All-Americans and are graduating Sun Devil student-athletes at all-time highs," Patterson continued. "Every Sun Devil Club member, fan and alumni can be proud of the work being done by our OSAD staff, led by former Sun Devil student-athletes like Jean Boyd, Patrice Feulner and Natalie Thackrah (Burgess)."

Since the APR measurement began during the 2003-04 academic year, ASU's average for all sports has gone from 937 to the most current all-sport average of 980 for 2011-12.  The latest APR report reflected ASU as fourth best in the Pac-12 Conference, just a fraction behind Washington (983) and Utah (981). 

For the sixth consecutive year, all 21 of ASU's athletic teams have exceeded the minimum APR scores for the NCAA's most recent four-year reporting period. Women's tennis led the way with a 1000 multi-year average, an accomplishment it has achieved for nine consecutive years.

Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development Jean Boyd states, "We are pleased to report the continued progress of Sun Devil student-athlete academic success. High APR scores translate into high graduation rates in a few years and it is exciting to see the collective vision of our student-athletes, coaches, academic coaches and the University being realized. Many of our sport teams are amongst the best in the country in their sport and academically."

- Highest average for all sports to date for Sun Devil Athletes (980)
- A 988 average for women's teams
- Average (980) for all sports is fourth best in Pac-12 Conference
- Nine teams finished in top third of Pac-12
- Nine teams had a single year APR of 1000 (100%) in 2011-12: baseball, men's basketball, men's golf, women's cross country, women's swimming, women's tennis, women's outdoor track, volleyball and water polo
- 10 teams either matched or established their all-time APR high score
- Baseball is top 10-percent in nation, second in the Pac-12 Conference
- Women's tennis has held a 1000 average since 2003-04 and is top 10-percent for the eighth consecutive year 

The APR is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team and one of Sun Devil Athletics' primary measure of academic success. The goal of the NCAA's APR program is improvement, not punishment. Not only does the program ensure accountability for student-athletes, teams and institutions, but also it provides fairness by considering individual circumstances per team and school. This year marks the ninth year of APR data for most teams. The APR is a multi-year rate based on the most recent four years of data.

The APR awards points to student-athletes who meet academic eligibility standards (such as satisfactory progress, GPA and percentage of degree) and who remain with the institution (retention).  A 930 cut score was implemented by the NCAA Board of Directors, which projects an approximately 50-percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR). 


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