13 Dec 2021 | 16:55 | Cross Country
TAMPA, MAY 27, 2015– University of South Florida Athletics saw nine of its programs match or exceed their record score and 11 exceed national averages when the NCAA released its most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) data Wednesday.
All 18 of USF’s evaluated programs exceeded the NCAA’s minimum APR standards and all but one earned an APR score of 950 or better. USF saw nine of its program’s post APR scores that rank among the top three in their sport in the American Athletic Conference. The football team posted a score of 970 to rank third in The American and third among 11 collegiate football programs in the state of Florida.
“The academic achievement and graduation of our student-athletes is central to the mission of USF Athletics,” USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan said. “We take great pride in how our student-athletes continue to succeed in the classroom and the commitment of our coaches to that goal. We have some fantastic people that work tirelessly in our academic services unit to assist our student-athletes in achieving their goals and dreams.”
Eleven USF teams exceeded the national average for multi-year APR scores in their sport, including the football program, which exceeded the national average for football for the fifth straight year. The women’s basketball team, which reached the NCAA Tournament, posted a record high score of 991 to exceed the national average in their sport by 11 points. USF’s softball and women’s tennis teams exceeded the national averages for their sports by 18 and 14 points, respectively, while men’s tennis and men’s soccer did so by 22 and nine points, respectively, among USF’s standout programs.
The 2015 report released by the NCAA features a four-year compilation of APR data from the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years. The APR uses formulas related to student-athlete retention and eligibility to measure the academic performances of all participants who receive grants-in-aid on every team at every NCAA Division I college and university.
The average multi-year APR score for USF’s 18 evaluated teams is 980, above the Division I average of 978, according to the NCAA.
The continued success of USF’s student-athletes in the classroom was highlighted by four teams that posted perfect multi-year APR scores of 1,000 through the 2013-14 academic year and received NCAA Public Recognition Awards. The men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women’s golf and softball programs all were honored among the top 10 percent of programs in the nation in their respective sports.
Those programs joined women’s basketball (991), women’s soccer (988), men’s soccer (984), men’s indoor track and field (970) and men’s basketball (960), which all posted record scores, among nine USF programs that matched or exceeded their highest APR scores since reporting began in 2004-05.
The women’s tennis program posted a perfect score of 1,000 for the fifth straight season, while men’s tennis did so for the third straight year and women’s golf for the third time in the last four years and fifth time overall. Softball’s perfect 1,000 score marked a record high for the program. Both softball and women’s golf have scored better than 990 and well exceeded the national average for their sport in each of the 10 seasons of the NCAA’s APR reporting program.
Men’s basketball saw its APR score rise for the seventh straight season, while women’s basketball saw its APR score rise for the fourth straight time.
Joining the football team in ranking among the top three programs in The American were men’s golf, men’s soccer and men’s tennis and women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and softball.
The men’s golf program, which won American Athletic Conference and NCAA Regional titles and is preparing to compete in the NCAA Championships in Bradenton, posted an APR score of 992, the program’s best in eight seasons.
USF had 58 student-athletes earn their degrees during spring commencement ceremonies in May and 31 during fall commencement ceremonies.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester, by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes both retention at the institution and academic eligibility in its calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.
Academic Progress Rate
The APR, or Academic Progress Rate, holds institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for each academic term.
The APR is calculated as follows:
Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible.
A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate.
In addition to a team’s current-year APR, its rolling four-year APR is also used to determine accountability.
The APR is based on four years of data, with the most current year’s data added and the oldest year removed to create a four-year (multi-year) rolling rate. Penalties can be applied if an athletic team’s multi-year APR score is below 930.