Pack teams surpass standards in NCAA report

6/9/2010 - By: Staff Report

All 17 of the University of Nevada, Reno’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. This year’s report includes information for the 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years.

This marks the sixth consecutive year of penalty-free academic performance for the Wolf Pack, while Nevada is one of four schools in the Western Athletic Conference to have all of its teams above the 925 standard in the latest report.

“We are pleased that our APR numbers 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 still have plenty of room to improve and are 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 of Nevada with their degrees.”

Nevada saw six of its teams turn in perfect 1000 marks for the 2008-09 academic year, including men’s golf, women’s basketball, women’s golf, soccer, softball and rifle. The Wolf Pack also had eight of its teams improve multi-year APR numbers from one year ago, including baseball, men’s golf, skiing, women’s basketball, women’s golf, softball, soccer and rifle.

Nevada’s rifle team turned in a perfect 1000 multi-year APR in the latest numbers and received a public recognition award as as part of the 2010 NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program in May.

“I am very proud of our student-athletes, our coaches and staff who support them, and this accomplishment,” said University President Milt Glick. “This speaks volumes for the commitment of our student-athletes. It is our responsibility to support them both on and off the playing field; however, it is ultimately up to them to persist and earn a degree.”

The Wolf Pack’s successful APR data caps off an outstanding academic year for the Wolf Pack. A total of 101 Wolf Pack student-athletes earned Western Athletic Conference All-Academic honors this year, while Nevada's Graduation Success Rate is at its all-time high of 73 percent. Nevada also saw 79 student-athletes earn their degrees in the 2009-10 academic year with 32 earn degrees in December and 47 this spring and summer.

In addition, Nevada had three of its student-athletes earn academic all-district honors in 2009-10 in Luke Babbitt (men's basketball), Taylor Coffman (men's golf) and Margaret Doolittle (women's swimming and diving), while Babbitt earned second-team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America second-team honors, the first Academic All-American in the history of the Nevada men's basketball program.
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.


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