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Catamount Athletic Teams Rank Well in NCAA APR

May 30, 2011

Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina had 11 athletic teams improve upon their multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores and two hold steady according to the most recent information provided by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and released back on May 24.

All 16 of Western Carolina's teams achieved single-year scores above the 925 mark with four recording perfect single-year scores of 1,000 including men's basketball, men's and women's cross country, and women's tennis.

Schools in the Southern Conference collectively posted an overall score of 978 which tied for the ninth-highest APR among 31 Division I conferences and is a one-point increase from last year's score. Seven SoCon sports -- men's basketball, women's basketball, football, women's cross country, women's indoor track & field, women's outdoor track and field, and men's golf - rank in the top 10 in Division I based upon their four-year average.

Single-year APR data covers the 2009-2010 academic year only and is calculated by dividing the number of points earned by its student-athletes by the number of points possible and then multiplying by 1000 for a team's single-season APR. The multi-year number is an average of the APR scores of each sport from the past four academic years: 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10.

"We are proud of the continued efforts and success of our student-athletes both in the classroom and in competition at Western Carolina University," said Dr. Jennifer Brown, Associate Athletic Director and WCU's Director of Academic Support Services for Student-Athletes.

The NCAA initiated APR as a means for providing intercollegiate athletics programs with a snapshot of a team's academic success and progress of individual student-athletes, accounting for eligibility, retention and graduation. APR for each institution is calculated as follows: each student-athlete on scholarship, full or partial, in every intercollegiate sport, accounts for four APR "points" every academic year - two for the fall semester and two for the spring semester. One point is given for a student-athlete remaining academically eligible and the other point is given for continued enrollment at the respective institution.

Each student-athlete can earn a maximum of four points each year.

Baseball - 989 (957)
Men's Basketball - 1,000 (959)
Women's Basketball - 957 (979)
Men's Cross Country - 1000 (952)
Women's Cross Country - 1000 (970)
Football - 958 (933)
Men's Golf - 944 (965)
Women's Golf - 933 (981)
Women's Soccer - 989 (987)
Softball - 964 (940)
Women's Tennis - 1,000 (978)
Men's Track & Field (Indoor) - 964 (969)
Men's Track & Field (Outdoor) - 982 (969)
Women's Track & Field (Indoor) - 976 (971)
Women's Track & Field (Outdoor) - 976 (965)
Volleyball - 975 (970)