UA teams continued upward trend in APR

A dozen teams earned Academic Progress Rate scores equal or above national average; all teams eclipse 925 cutoff.

(FROM UA)TUSCALOOSA—A dozen of The University of Alabama’s varsity athletic teams earned a multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) score higher than the national average announced by the NCAA Tuesday, including two squads (women’s cross country and rowing) that scored a perfect score of 1,000. All 21 Crimson Tide teams were once again above the national cutoff standard of 925. High-performing teams received awards posted APR scores ranging from 965 to a perfect 1,000, and 14 Alabama squads achieved scores that classify as high-performing by the NCAA.

The women’s cross country (1,000), rowing (1,000), volleyball (995), and softball teams (990) achieved the highest scores of the Crimson Tide teams. The women’s cross country and volleyball teams recently received public recognition from the NCAA for its average ranking in the top 10 percentile nationally among teams in those respective sports. The rowing, softball, women’s track and field and volleyball teams’ totals rank in the top 20 percentile nationally. The golf team (975) and tennis team (973) earned the top scores on the men’s side.

The football team achieved a score of 944, a higher score that the national average for football teams at Football Bowl Subdivision schools (936), all Division I schools (934), and all football teams from Public Institutions (925).

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Listed below are the latest APR Scores for all 21 University of Alabama Athletic Teams:
Men’s Team                        Score                    
Baseball                                931                        
Basketball                             928                        
Cross Country                      955                        
Football                                 944                        
Golf                                        975                        
Swimming                            966                        
Tennis                                   973                        
Indoor Track                        933                        
Outdoor Track                     927                       
Women’s Team                 Score
Basketball                             932
Cross Country                      1,000
Golf                                        970
Gymnastics                          986
Rowing                                  1,000
Soccer                                    981
Softball                                  990
Swimming                            981
Tennis                                   972
Indoor Track                        986
Outdoor Track                     986
Volleyball                             995

“This year’s Academic Progress Rate report continues an upward trend,” said Director of Athletic Mal Moore. “I have consistently maintained that academics are our first priority, and student-athletes, coaches and academic support people continue to make that commitment a reality. Their hard work has allowed us to show improvement each year of this report. While we are proud of our progress to date, we will continue to strive for improvement across the board so that our student-athletes are prepared not just to graduate, but to succeed after they leave our university.”

“We are continuing to make progress on all fronts,” said Jon Dever, Assistant Athletic Director for Student Services. “For the first time, all of our program are above the 925 mark and two of our programs posted perfect 1,000 APRs. We are pleased, but our goal for next year is to continue this improvement.”

Nationally, approximately 150 college teams face possible scholarship losses next season and 26 others are in danger of being banned from postseason play if their scores do not show improvement. More than 700 teams fell short of the mandated cut score of 925. A total of 218 were penalized with warning letters, potential reductions in scholarships and practice time and warned they face possible postseason bans. Some were granted waivers by the NCAA. Thirty-six teams were assessed two penalties and three schools had more than one team make the list twice.

Now in its fourth year, the Academic Progress Rate measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. It also serves as a predictor of graduation success. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, and 2006-07 academic years. The NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors set cut scores of 925 and 900 (out of 1,000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face possible immediate and historical sanctions. An APR of 925 translates to approximately a 60 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and an APR of 900 translates to approximately a 45 percent GSR.

This is the third year of immediate (or contemporaneous) penalties for teams that score below 925 APR, and have a student-athlete who leaves school academically ineligible. This year marks the second year for historical penalties. Second-year sanctions include restrictions on scholarships and practice time. Starting in 2009, teams that receive three straight years of historical penalties (below 900 APR) face the potential of restrictions on postseason competition for the team, in addition to scholarship and practice restrictions.

The squad-size adjustment has been eliminated for most teams. This statistical adjustment was developed to account for the limited amount of data in the beginning years of APR. Now, with four years of APR data, the adjustments are no longer needed for those teams with 30 or more student-athletes in the four-year APR. Every team posting an APR score below 925 is required to develop a specific academic improvement plan. Teams posting APR scores below 900 must submit those plans to the NCAA national office for review.

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  1. 1
    tsmonk

    Terrific achievement across the board.

    Any place people can see the full list for all schools? The NCAA site is malfunctioning (gasp).

  2. 2
    sixdownnow7

    Those Home Economic Majors for the football team are really holding the rope. Good job at fooling the system coach Mal! You must be proud!

  3. 3
    BamaFanInNYC

    Sixdownnow0, I think you should focus your concern more on how many of your student-athletes are receiving free degrees for little or absolutely no work at all, from some crooked professor down at The Alabama Polytechnic Institute.

    You should even investigate how much class work and time inbreds, such as Frank Tolbert, and illiterately dumb individuals, such as Kenny Irons and Junior Rosegreen REALISTICALLY put in during their duration as a proud Alabama Polytechnic Institute War Eagle, Tiger, Plainsmen or Cowgirl, whichever it actually is!

  4. 5
    Sad State of Affairs

    Sixdown –

    James Brook. Seriously. James Brooks.

    Many other names (Junior Rosegreen, the Irons brothers, etc), but this one name should preclude an Auburn fan for ever commenting on another school’s academic standings.

    You are such a hypocrite and you are pathetic. Have fun not being able to completely enjoy your team’s recent successes b/c you still obsess over your rival.

  5. 6
    sixdownnow7

    SAD and NYC,

    I thought NYC did not accept RedNecks, only gays or people with Liberal Arts degrees. What an absolute worthless degree. So what are you NYC? The City has made you soft.

    And it is a Sad state of affairs that Bama is no longer a rival. Honestly, you BammerNeks think way to highly of yourselves!

    You both are full of Crap. Check the facts. Auburn football has a high number of Sociology majors compared to the general student population and Alabama football has an even higher Home Economic majors in comparison to the general student population.

    So who are the hypocrites?

    And the NYT’s story has proven to be an exaggeration of the facts regarding Auburn athletics. What was it? 3% of the students were Auburn Football players. If not for Bama’s paranoia and the Bama connection, the paper used for that article would have been better used for toilet paper or a box of Tide detergent.

    James Brooks. Please, he left in 1980. What about Linnie Patrick. That guy could not spell ACT yet take it or pass it. Aren’t we both glad that APR was not a part of college football in the 80’s.

    As I said, Good Job Bama!

  6. 7
    phillipmarshall

    Congratulations Alabama! (Not meaning to sound partial but) It is nice to see that even though it is impossible, you are still trying to keep up with Auburn University’s Super genius athletes. (some say they are the best brains in the state.)
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