Rockets continue to land impressive Academic Progress Rate scores

May 11, 2017 | News, UToday
By Paul Helgren

The NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) figures for the four-year period from 2012-13 to 2015-16, and The University of Toledo received very impressive scores across the board.

All 16 UT varsity sports had at least a 965 score, well above the NCAA’s “cut point” of 930, with women’s golf leading the way with a perfect 1,000 mark. Eight other UT sports were at 990 or above: baseball, men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball.

In addition, five Rocket teams — baseball, men’s basketball, football, women’s golf and women’s tennis — had the best APR score in the Mid-American Conference in their respective sports. The UT football program had an APR score of 981, giving it the No. 1 mark in the MAC for the fourth consecutive season. Men’s basketball (990) also led the MAC, while women’s basketball (995) was just five points off the pace set by league leaders Kent State and Miami.

“We are very proud of all of our sports for posting such impressive APR numbers,” said UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien. “Nine of our sports had APR scores of 990 or above, and all of them were above a 965. Those numbers mean that our student-athletes are doing well in the classroom and, most importantly, are on track to graduate.

“Special recognition should go to our women’s golf program, which has a perfect APR score over the past four years,” O’Brien said. “Also, congratulations to our football program for finishing with the highest APR in the Mid-American Conference for the fourth consecutive season.”

APR is a gauge of every team’s academic performance at a given point in time. Points are awarded on a semester-by-semester basis for eligibility, retention and graduation of scholarship student-athletes. A score of 1,000 is considered perfect. Sports that fail to reach the “cut point” (930) can be penalized with the loss of scholarships, practice restrictions and post-season bans. The APR data released May 10 is a cumulative figure taken from the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.

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