WVU's APR Score Up


By Bryan Messerly for WVUsports.com
May 24, 2011 02:10 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University’s varsity athletic teams have a combined Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 974, according to data released today by the NCAA.

The APR is based upon eligibility and retention of student-athletes over a four-year period. The NCAA uses the APR as an assessment of real-time academic success.

WVU’s average APR score of 974 is up six points from last year’s average and up 18 points from three years ago. WVU’s score of 974 is higher than the NCAA’s overall four-year APR average score of 970.

For the 2009-10 academic year, West Virginia had six teams with perfect 1,000 scores: cross country, rifle, women’s soccer, rowing, men’s soccer and tennis.

“I am pleased that all of our teams exceeded the 925 benchmark and that our average score continues to climb each year,” says Director of Athletics Oliver Luck. “Our teams continue to have success, not only in competition, but in the classroom as well.

“I want to congratulate coach Sean Cleary and the cross country team for its perfect four-year score as well as our other teams that received a perfect score in 2009-10. In addition, our men’s basketball, women’s soccer, cross country and track teams rank in the top 10 percent in the country with their four-year APR average.”

Any student-athlete receiving athletic aid in a varsity sport can earn up to four points per year for being academically eligible and remaining enrolled in the institution. A team’s APR is the total points earned on the roster divided by that squad’s total possible points, multiplied by 1,000. Penalties for teams falling below the specified mark may include the loss of scholarships up to a cap of 10 percent of the team’s total NCAA scholarship aid available. Loss of aid will generally be in one-year increments to those sports.

An APR score of 925 or higher is what teams first look to meet to avoid immediate penalties (involving the possible loss of grants-in-aid). The current four-year APR scores for WVU’s varsity teams (2006-07 to 2009-10): baseball 956; men’s basketball 995; women’s basketball 972; cross country 1,000; football 962; gymnastics 981; rifle 992; rowing 938; men’s soccer 936; women’s soccer 997; men’s swimming 947; women’s swimming 975; tennis 986; indoor track 993; outdoor track 993; volleyball 985; and wrestling 949.

All 17 teams exceeded the 925 score, and no WVU team will receive APR academic penalties from the NCAA.

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Academic Progress Rate, West Virginia University Mountaineers, Oliver Luck


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