Wolf Pack Teams Score High in Latest NCAA APR Report





June 20, 2012

RENO, Nev. -

The University of Nevada’s athletics teams have turned in their eighth consecutive year of penalty-free academic performance in the latest Academic Progress Rates (APR) report released by the NCAA Wednesday.

Nevada saw two of its teams – men’s golf and rifle – turn in perfect multi-year rates, meaning that those teams had perfect eligibility and retention of all of their student-athletes in the four years from 2007-11. Both men’s golf and rifle received public recognition awards for ranking in the top 10 percent in the nation last week as part of the 2012 NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program.

All 16 Wolf Pack teams turned in multi-year APR scores above the 925 standard in this year’s report. In the multi-year APR numbers, the Wolf Pack saw seven of its teams improve their scores from one year ago, including football, men’s basketball, rifle, softball, cross county, swimming and diving and volleyball, while men’s golf stayed the same with its perfect 1000 mark.

The NCAA also released its APR information for all of the head coaches in the nation, and 10 of the Wolf Pack’s 13 head coaches had marks above the national averages. Six Nevada coaches and teams turned in perfect 1000 marks for 2010-11: head coach Kirk Elias and cross country, Fred Harvey and rifle, Ruth Lawanson and volleyball, Matt Meuchel and softball, former head coach Sylvain Malroux and women’s tennis, and Jacob Wilner and men’s golf.

Other notables include head coach Chris Ault and football with a score of 965 (above the national average of 948), David Carter and men’s basketball at 980 (above the national average of 950) and Jane Albright and women’s basketball at 984 (above the national average of 970).

“We are pleased that our APR numbers continue to improve. That is a tribute to the dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and staff as well as all of the professors and staff on the University campus,” Director of Athletics Cary Groth said. “We still have room to improve and continue to be committed to providing all student-athletes with all of the academic support and resources they need to reach their academic goals and leave the University with their degrees.”

The NCAA released its eighth annual Academic Progress Rates report for all Division I institutions Wednesday, June 20, and the report includes information for the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.

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.

The 925 threshold set by the NCAA equals roughly a 60 percent Graduation Success Rate. Teams that score below 925 and have a student-athlete who failed academically and left school can lose scholarships. Teams can lose up to 10 percent of their scholarships each year for poor academic performance under the immediate penalty structure and also face a historical penalty structure.

“The latest APR data caps off an outstanding academic year for the Wolf Pack,” said University President Marc Johnson.

The Nevada Wolf Pack's Graduation Success Rate is at its all-time high of 78 percent and has improved in each of the last seven years. The University also saw 101 student-athletes earn their degrees in the 2011-12 academic year with 50 graduating in December and 51 this spring and summer. The University has seen 467 of its student-athletes graduate in the past seven years.

“I want to extend my appreciation and congratulations to our student-athletes and to the coaches, faculty and staff who support them for their continued academic success,” Johnson said. “Just as we support our student-athletes to help them achieve success in their field of competition, it remains our equally high priority to help them find success in the classroom and stay on the path to earn their college degrees.”

Nevada’s complete APR report and APR data on all NCAA institutions is available online at www.ncaa.org.

APR Scores for University of Nevada Teams:

Team  Multiyear APR
Baseball 938
Football 949
Men's Basketball 934
Men's Golf 1000
Men's Tennis 975
Rifle 1000
Softball 982
Women's Basketball 983
Cross Country 951
Women's Golf 969
Soccer 980
Swimming & Diving 946
Women's Tennis 958
Indoor Track & Field 955
Outdoor Track & Field 957
Volleyball 980

 

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