Gonzaga Scores High In NCAA Academic Progress Rate Report
May 24, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Gonzaga University's athletic teams proved once again they are excelling in the classroom as well as on the field of competition according to the latest NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate report released Tuesday.
Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility. graduation and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.
Earlier this month the Bulldogs had three teams – men’s basketball, men’s soccer and women’s golf - earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates for being in the top 10 percent of their sport nationwide. Gonzaga was one of two West Coast Conference teams with three sports honored.
The target number is 925 and higher for schools to avoid immediate penalties such as loss of scholarships and post-season bans, and Gonzaga's 15 teams each received an APR score well above 925. Last summer, for the first time in the history of the APR, a Head Coach APR Profile was also launched.
"We have always taken academics seriously. The APR was created to generate a better measuring stick for academic achievement,” Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. “Our APR results are a direct correlation to the emphasis our student-athletes, coaches and support staff put toward academic success. Our student-athletes, in particular, are to be commended for their desire to be successful in the classroom.”
Women’s golf received a perfect score of 1,000 for the 4-year reporting period, and the team is one of 260 teams to be honored with a Public Recognition Award for all six years of the APR Public Recognition Award program. The Bulldogs had 10 teams receive a perfect score of 1,000 for the 2009-10 APR period – men’s and women’s cross country; men’s and women’s tennis; men’s and women’s outdoor track; men’s soccer; women’s golf; women’s rowing, and women’s volleyball.
Multi-year APR scores for Gonzaga's teams were baseball (970), men's basketball (985), men's cross country (986), men’s golf (991), men's soccer (992), men’s tennis (987), men’s outdoor track (990), women's basketball (981), women’s cross country (992), women’s golf (1,000), women’s rowing (998), women's soccer (990), women's tennis (990), women’s outdoor track (992) and women's volleyball (994).
Gonzaga’s current group of head coaches has combined for 40 single-year APR scores of 1,000 since the start of the data compilation for the 2003-04 academic year.
APR scores per institution, along with penalties per school and teams receiving public recognition, are available online through the NCAA’s searchable database.
To see the full NCAA release on Academic Progress Rate click here.
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