Student-Athletes Continue to Excel in APR
Four programs post perfect multiyear scores of 1,000, 13-of-15 come in above 980, all 15 score 961 or higher
Georgia Tech athletics continues to excel in NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR), according to data released by the NCAA on Wednesday.
APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. It measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. The most recent multiyear scores are based on the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.
APR scores are measured on a scale of 1,000 with the threshold for penalties set at 930. In the latest APR data, four Georgia Tech teams (women’s cross country, golf, men’s tennis and volleyball) posted perfect multiyear scores of 1,000, 13-of-15 programs had scores of 980 or higher and all 15 of the Yellow Jackets’ squads came in at 961 or higher.
Twelve of Georgia Tech’s 15 programs boast multiyear APR scores at or above the national average for their respective sports, while women’s basketball was just one point shy of the national average. Eight Georgia Tech teams (women’s cross country, men’s cross country, football, golf, men’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, women’s track & field and volleyball) have multiyear APR scores that are 10 or more points higher than the national average for their sports.
Additionally, eight of Tech’s 15 programs recorded a perfect single-year APR for 2016-17: women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, golf, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women’s track & field and volleyball.
“Preparing our student-athletes for success after athletics is something we take a lot of pride in. This data illustrates a big reason why Georgia Tech student-athletes are so successful five and 10 years after they leave campus,” director of athletics Todd Stansbury said. “Once again, I’d like to thank and congratulate our student-athletes for their dedication to being Everyday Champions, as well as our Institute administrators, professors, coaches and academic support staff for the role that they play in developing young people who will change the world.”
Last week, five Georgia Tech programs (women’s cross country, golf, men’s tennis, women’s track & field and volleyball) received NCAA Public Recognition Awards for ranking among the top 10 nationally in their respective sports. The Yellow Jackets’ golf team earned its 13th-straight Public Recognition Award, continuing its streak of earning the honor every year since the inception of the APR program in 2006. Among Power 5 conferences, head coach Bruce Heppler’s program is one of two men’s golf teams and 14 programs overall that have earned all 13 Public Recognition Awards.
GEORGIA TECH MULTIYEAR APR SCORES (2013-14 through 2016-17)
Women’s Cross Country: 1,000 (national average: 989)
Golf: 1,000 (national average: 986)
Men’s Tennis: 1,000 (national average: 982)
Volleyball: 1,000 (national average: 988)
Women’s Swimming & Diving: 998 (national average: 992)
Women’s Track & Field: 998 (national average: 983)
Men’s Cross Country: 994 (national average: 981)
Men’s Swimming & Diving: 992 (national average: 981)
Softball: 989 (national average: 985)
Women’s Tennis: 984 (national average: 989)
Men’s Track & Field: 982 (national average: 973)
Women’s Basketball: 981 (national average: 982)
Football: 980 (national average: 968)
Baseball: 975 (national average: 975)
Men's Basketball: 961 (national average: 967)
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