Alabama Athletics Continues Strong Showing in NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate
All 21 University of Alabama varsity athletics teams continue to score well above the national cutoff standard in the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR), the NCAA announced Wednesday. Figures released cover the four-year period extending from the 2012-13 through 2015-16 school years.
“I am pleased that we continue to post strong numbers when it comes to the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate,” UA Director of Athletics Greg Byrne said. “The vast majority of our teams are well ahead of the national average for their sports. Our success in this area is built on the strong collaborative effort between our student-athletes, coaches and support staff, an effort that is a source of great pride.”
Overall, 16 Crimson Tide teams posted scores above the national average in their respective sports, including eight that bettered the national average in their sport by 10 points or more. Alabama football scored a 980, which bettered the national average for Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams by 14 points. The Crimson Tide men’s basketball team posted a 979 APR, bettering the national average by 13 points. Baseball, with a 990 APR, bettered the national average by 17 points.
Alabama was one of four Southeastern Conference schools to have more than four teams receive public recognition from the NCAA for their APR scores figuring in the top-10 percentile nationally among teams in those sports. Those include the gymnastics, women’s golf, women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis and men’s cross country teams.
In addition to national recognition, nine Crimson Tide teams ranked among the top two in their respective sports in the SEC, with gymnastics, women’s golf, men’s cross country, women’s tennis and women’s swimming and diving all ranked No. 1 in the league. Football, baseball, men’s swimming and diving and softball are each ranked second in the SEC among their respective sports.
The men’s cross country, women’s golf, gymnastics, women’s swimming and diving and women’s tennis teams all scored a perfect 1,000 for their four-year score. Those five teams were joined by the softball (997), women’s cross country (991) and baseball (990) teams among the eight UA programs with scores of 990 or better.
The Alabama football (980), men’s tennis (986), men’s golf (984), rowing (989), men’s swimming and diving (989) and the women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams (982) were among the teams that posted scores of 980 or better. A total of 16 Alabama teams either matched or exceeded their APR from the year before.
“To have this many teams above 980 and to have this many teams in the top two in the SEC is a very good thing,” UA senior associate athletics director for student services Jon Dever said. “Our APR report is a strong indicator that we’re doing things the right way and continuing toward our ultimate goal of graduating student-athletes who are prepared for the next chapter of their lives.”
The Academic Progress Rate measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. It also serves as a predictor of graduation success. The NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors set a score of 930 (out of 1,000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face possible immediate and historical sanctions. An APR of 930 translates to approximately a 50 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR).