Rockets land impressive Academic Progress Rate scores; men’s basketball continues rise

June 13, 2013 | News, UToday
By Paul Helgren

The NCAA today released its annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) figures for the four-year period from 2008-09 to 2011-12, and The University of Toledo received impressive scores across the board.

thumb-rocket-color-logoFive sports received perfect marks of 1,000 for 2011-12, the most recent academic year used: women’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s swimming, men’s tennis and women’s tennis.

Also, the men’s basketball program finished with an APR for the 2011-12 school year of 959. Combined with its APR of 939 in 2010-11, Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk’s program has a two-year score of 949, which means the men’s basketball program will face no NCAA penalties for the 2013-14 season.

Men’s basketball’s four-year figure is 902, a significant jump from its 858 mark in 2009-10. The future looks even brighter as the men’s basketball APR for 2012-13 currently projects at 981.

“It’s great to see all of our sports post impressive APR numbers,” said UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien. “It’s an important marker that shows that our student-athletes are on track to graduate. Special credit should be given to Tod Kowalczyk and our men’s basketball team for dedicating themselves to academics and changing the culture of the program.”

“We expect our players to be accountable for themselves in every aspect of their student-athlete experience, from their play on the court, to their performance in the classroom to their conduct in the community,” Kowalczyk said. “We are very pleased with our latest APR score, and we expect to raise that number even higher next year and in the future.”

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. “1,000” is considered a perfect score. Sports that fail to reach the “cut point” (930 for two years or 900 for four years) can be penalized with the loss of scholarships, practice restrictions and post-season bans.

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