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May 6, 2009
By Rhonda Lundin
All 17 of the University of Nevada’s athletics teams have turned in multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR) at or above the 925 standard, according to the data released by the NCAA on Wednesday. The NCAA released its fifth annual Academic Progress Rates report for all Division I institutions today. This year’s report includes information for the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years.
“We are very excited that our APR numbers and graduation rates continue to improve, and it 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 of Nevada campus,” Nevada Director of Athletics Cary Groth said. “We want our student-athletes to have a great experience in every way during their college careers and are committed to providing them with the academic support they need to reach their academic goals and ultimately leave the University of Nevada with their degrees.”
This marks the fifth consecutive year of penalty-free academic performance for the Wolf Pack, while Nevada is the only school in the Western Athletic Conference to have all of its teams above the 925 standard in the latest report.
Nevada saw six of its teams turn in perfect 1000 marks for the 2007-08 academic year, including men’s golf, men’s skiing, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s skiing and women’s volleyball, while four other programs achieved near perfect scores for 2007-08 in women’s golf (973), women’s soccer (975), women’s swimming and diving (975) and men’s and women’s rifle (979). Nevada also had 10 of its teams improve their multi-year APR numbers from one year ago, including men’s basketball, football, men’s golf, men’s skiing, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s skiing, women’s swimming and diving, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s rifle.
In addition to its APR success, Nevada’s Graduation Success Rate is at 70 percent, the highest mark in school history. Nevada saw 24 student-athletes earn their degrees in December, while 46 more student-athletes have applied for graduation in May.
“Our student-athletes, faculty and staff should be commended for their continued improvement in the Academic Progress Rate and for all of the successes they continue to achieve in their academic pursuits,” University President Milt Glick said. “We have a strong athletics program that is as committed to the success of its student-athletes in the classroom as on the field.”
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.
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.
Nevada’s complete APR report and APR data on all NCAA institutions is available online at ncaa.org.