Six University of Nevada, Reno sports set or matched a record for Academic Progress Rate scores and 11 programs matched or bettered their scores from a year ago in the latest APR report released by the NCAA on Tuesday.
For the ninth straight year - every year of the history of the APR program - the University registered a penalty-free performance as all 16 programs exceeded the standard score of 925 in the report. Two Wolf Pack programs - men's golf and rifle - received public recognition awards for ranking in the top 10 percent in the nation in their sports.
This year's report measured eligibility and retention of student-athletes in the four years from 2008-09 to 2011-12. In addition to the men's golf and rifle teams matching program highs with perfect multiyear scores of 1,000, four Wolf Pack programs had record scores for their programs: Men's basketball (944); women's tennis (991); soccer (985); and softball (989).
APR SCORES FOR UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO TEAMS:
Swimming & Diving
Indoor Track & Field
Outdoor Track & Field
"Wolf Pack athletics is fortunate to enjoy the full support of President Marc Johnson and the faculty on campus in our pursuit of academic and athletic excellence," Doug Knuth, University of Nevada, Reno's director of athletics, said. "We take pride in developing scholar athletes and academic success will always be a priority for our department.
Eleven Wolf Pack programs either matched their scores from last year's report or improved their score in this year's report. In addition to the six programs above who set records, swimming and diving, cross country, men's tennis, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field all posted higher marks in this year's data compared to last year's report.
As part of the report, the NCAA also released APR data for all of the head coaches in the nation and eight Nevada coaches recorded scores above the national average. Six Wolf Pack coaches and teams registered perfect scores of 1,000 for 2011-12: men's basketball and coach David Carter; women's basketball and coach Jane Albright; men's tennis and coach Erik Burton; rifle and coach Fred Harvey; men's golf and coach Jacob Wilner.
Last year's swimming and diving team under former head coach Mike Richmond recorded a score of 988, which was above the national average. And Dr. Melissa Price's soccer team had a score of 990, above the national average of 981.
"Through their time at the University and with the Nevada Wolf Pack athletics program, our student-athletes are preparing to serve society through careers, citizenship and future leadership roles," said University President Marc Johnson. "Just as we help our student-athletes 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. I extend my appreciation to our student-athletes and to the coaches, faculty and staff who support them for this continued commitment to academic performance."
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 Nevada Wolf Pack's Graduation Success Rate is at its all-time high of 80 percent and has improved in each of the last eight years. The University also saw 101 student-athletes earn their degrees in the 2011-12 academic year with 50 graduating in December and 51 in the spring and summer.
Nevada's complete APR report and APR data on all NCAA institutions is available online at www.ncaa.org.