TEMPE, Ariz.—The NCAA announced its annual Academic Progress Rates today and Arizona State University’s average APR score for all sports of 982 is the school’s highest ever and ranks among the best in the Pacific-12 Conference.
Four teams, including baseball, softball, volleyball and tennis were recognized nationally last week for their rank in the nation’s top 10-percent in their respective sports. Softball, tennis, volleball and water polo all lead the Pac-12 conference with the highest APR in their respective sports. Twenty (20) of ASU’s 21 sports teams finished with a score of over 960. Twelve (12) of 21 teams completed the year with an all-time high four-year APR and 12 teams produced a perfect 100% (1000) APR score for the 2012-13 academic year.
Since the APR measurement began in 2003-04, ASU’s average for all sports has increased from 937 to 982 (2012-13).
“Our APR scores represent the finest overall numbers we have reported since the APR rating was instituted by the NCAA in 2003-04,” says Vice President for University Athletics Ray Anderson. “This is a direct result of the fantastic work being done by our Office of Student-Athlete Development, led by award-winning director Jean Boyd, and support from our faculty, staff and coaching staffs. The real stars here are the student-athletes themselves for their excellent work in the classroom.“
“The Academic Progress Rate is one of our primary indicators of academic success. A strong APR across all sports translates to a high graduation rate in the years to come. 2012-13 was a particularly strong year for the Sun Devils as evidenced by 12 teams scoring a perfect 100% for that academic year,” says Jean Boyd, Senior Associate Athletic Director for the Office of Student-Athlete Development. “We remain on track toward our goals of retaining and graduating Sun Devils for Life who dream big and impact the world around them.”
ASU APR Highlights
• ASU is tied for 2nd in the Pac-12 with the most teams recognized as being in the top 10-percent of their sport (baseball – 992, softball – 1000, tennis – 1000, and volleyball - 1000).
• Baseball remains in the top three (3) in the Pac-12 Conference with an all-time high of 992, a 139-point improvement from a score of 853 in 2003-04. Men’s Basketball is 2nd in the conference with a 989 score.
• Four sports – softball (1000), women’s tennis (1,000), volleyball (1000) and water polo (996) – have the top score in the Pac-12 Conference in their respective sports.
• ASU is 4th in the Pac-12 in overall APR (982).
• Coach Sheila McInerney has lead the women’s tennis team to nine straight years of 1000 (100%) and 26 straight years of NCAA post-season competition.
• Twelve (12) teams experienced their all-time high in the APR Metric (baseball, men’s basketball, men’s golf, men’s swimming and diving, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s golf, gymnastics, softball, tennis, women’s indoor and outdoor track and field).
• Twelve (12) teams reported a 1000 (100%) APR for the 2012-13 academic year.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation. It provides a clear picture of the current academic culture in each sport.
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). This year a 930 cut score was implemented by the NCAA Board of Directors. In two years, any sport below this mark will be penalized with the loss of post-season competition.
“The primary goal of the APR measurement is to improve academic performance of athletic teams, provide academic accountability of student-athletes and ultimately increase graduation rates,” says Anderson.
ASU’s women’s multi-year (2009-13) scores are: tennis, 1000; volleyball, 1000; softball, 1000; water polo 996; outdoor track and field, 992; indoor track and field, 990; swimming and diving, 991; cross country, 988; gymnastics, 986; soccer, 986; basketball, 978; and golf, 969.
ASU’s men’s multi-year (2009-13) scores are: baseball, 992, basketball, 989; indoor track and field, 981; outdoor track and field, 979; swimming and diving, 975; golf, 971; cross country, 965; wrestling, 960; and football, 941.