May 14, 2014
RENO, Nev. – Eleven of Nevada’s athletic programs saw their Academic Progress Rate scores rise or hold steady in the latest APR report announced by the NCAA on Wednesday.
All of Nevada’s 16 sports programs met or exceeded the benchmark set by the NCAA, with the Wolf Pack’s rifle team earning another public recognition award this year for ranking in the top 10 percent in the nation for its sport. This year’s report measured eligibility and retention of student-athletes in the four years from 2009-10 to 2012-13.
Beginning with the 2014-15 season, teams must earn a 930 four-year average APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years to participate in championships. In 2015-16 and beyond, teams must earn a four-year APR of 930 to compete in championships.
“Overall, we are very pleased with the success of our student-athletes,” said Doug Knuth, Nevada’s athletics director. “We are committed to providing opportunities for achievement and support for our students as they strive for excellence. We’re appreciative for the support of President Marc Johnson and the great faculty on our campus.”
The 11 sports programs who either maintained their multiyear average or saw increases in the average are: Baseball (945); men’s tennis (977); cross country (986); women’s golf (966, tied); soccer (986); swimming and diving (970); women’s tennis (991, tied); indoor track & field (976); outdoor track and field (976); rifle (1,000); and volleyball (989).
Six Nevada sports programs – cross country, women’s golf, soccer, women’s tennis, volleyball and rifle – recorded a perfect single-year (2012-13) score of 1,000 in this year’s report.
“Through their time at the University, our student-athletes are preparing for careers, citizenship and future leadership roles,” said University President Marc Johnson. “It remains our high priority to help them achieve success in the classroom and stay on the path to earn their college degrees. I extend my appreciation to our student-athletes and to the coaches, faculty and staff who support them for this continued commitment to academic success.”
The majority (13) of the sport programs at Nevada have a multiyear average of 960 or above. The Wolf Pack football team saw its multiyear average dip to 930 for this reporting period.
“As we have arrived at our multiyear APR, we acknowledge that there is room for improvement,” head coach Brian Polian said. “From the moment our staff has arrived, we have worked tirelessly to emphasize academics and a culture of accountability in the classroom. With the combined efforts of the coaching staff and the academic support people, I have no doubt that our APR will steadily improve and reach the level we expect.”
The APR is a real-time “snapshot” of a team’s academic success and is used by the NCAA and universities to measure current academic success by looking at the academic progress of each current student-athlete. It includes eligibility, retention, and graduation as factors in the rate calculation. Each student-athlete can add two points to the team’s overall score per semester, including one for academic eligibility and one for returning to school the next semester or graduating.
Nevada’s complete APR report and APR data on all NCAA institutions is available online at www.ncaa.org.
In a head-to-head comparison of single-year scores from 2012-13, Nevada topped UNLV by a count of 9.5 to 5.5, earning three points for the Wolf Pack in the Governor's Series competition, presented by NVEnergy.