June 25, 2012
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina had 11 athletic teams either improve upon or hold steady on their multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores according to the most recent information provided by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and released on June 20.
All 16 of Western Carolina's teams achieved single-year scores above the 925 mark with six recording perfect single-year (2010-11) scores of 1,000 including men's and women's cross country, women's basketball, women's golf, softball and women's tennis. Also, all 16 sports were above the 925 threshold in the multi-year APR.
WCU had seven sports score above their respective national average and five sports come in above the Southern Conference average.
All told, 10 Southern Conference sports (football, men's basketball, men's indoor track & field, men's outdoor track & field, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's indoor track & field, women's outdoor track & field, women's tennis and volleyball) rank in the top 10 in Division I based upon their four-year average. This year represents an improvement over 2011 when seven SoCon team cracked the top ten.
Single-year APR data covers the 2010-2011 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: 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11.
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.
2012 NCAA Multi-Year Academic Progress Rates (APR)
|Sport||Western Carolina||SoCon Average||National Average|
|Men's Cross Country||972||979||973|
|Women's Cross Country||982||991||981|
|Men's Track & Field, Indoor||969||972||963|
|Men's Track & Field, Outdoor||974||972||965|
|Women's Track & Field, Indoor||968||980||974|
|Women's Track & Field, Outdoor||964||981||975|