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Western Carolina Posts Solid Scores in NCAA APR

May 31, 2015 Cullowhee, N.C. - For a third-consecutive year, Western Carolina's men's basketball program highlighted the school's Academic Progress Rate (APR) reports by receiving national recognition as all 16 of WCU's intercollegiate sports achieved single-year APR scores above the minimum threshold according to the most recent data provided by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released last week.

Three WCU programs - men's golf, women's golf and volleyball - each scored perfect scores of 1,000 on the 2013-14 single-year APR. Overall, all 16 of Western Carolina's sports achieved single-year scores above the 930 minimum mark.

WCU saw improvement in its multi-year APR in eight of its 16 sports including two on the men's side and six on the women's. Combined, 10 programs were above the NCAA Division I average of 978 for all institutions.

Western Carolina's men's basketball team (995) earned the 2015 Public Recognition Award from the National Collegiate Athletics Association. The Catamounts were the only squad to receive the award which is given to athletic teams ranking in the top 10 percent of Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores within Division I in their respective sports. WCU was one of just four basketball programs in North Carolina honored in 2013-14 - and the only public institution as the Catamounts were joined by Davidson, Duke and Elon in garnering recognition. Thirty-nine men's basketball programs were recognized nationwide.

A combined 35 SoCon programs representing eight conference members were publicly recognized - 21 on the men's side and 14 on the women's.

Eleven Southern Conference sports topped the national average in APR scores. A total of 94 SoCon teams beat the national average for NCAA Division I, while 32 different squads posted a perfect score of 1,000. As a league, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and wrestling topped the national average on the men's side.

The Academic Progress Rate provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

Single-year APR covers the 2013-14 academic year only and is calculated by dividing the number of points earned by 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. This year's multi-year cohort is 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14.

APRs for each team, lists of teams receiving public recognition and those receiving sanctions are available online through the NCAA's searchable database.

Western Carolina Multi-Year APR (2013-14 APR):
Men's Programs:
Baseball - 979 (979)
Football - 951 (944)
Men's Basketball - 995 (979)
Men's Cross Country - 978 (982)
Men's Golf - 982 (1000)
Men's Indoor Track & Field - 970 (991)
Men's Outdoor Track & Field - 968 (968)

Women's Programs:
Women's Basketball - 981 (982)
Women's Cross Country - 983 (984)
Women's Golf - 990 (1000)
Women's Soccer - 977 (989)
Softball - 981 (980)
Women's Tennis - 933 (957)
Women's Indoor Track & Field - 980 (982)
Women's Outdoor Track & Field - 984 (994)
Volleyball - 975 (1000)