Xavier Teams Perform Well in Latest APR Scores
May 24, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS -The NCAA released the 2009-10 Academic Progress Rates (APR) on Tuesday afternoon indicating that Xavier student-athletes have continued their success in the classroom. Xavier's men's and women's tennis, women's golf, and volleyball earned a perfect APR of 1,000, while men's swimming, women's cross-country, women's swimming, women's indoor track, and women's outdoor track earned scores of at least 996.
Eight Xavier teams received scores in the top 25 of their respective sport: men's tennis (T-1st), women's golf (T-1st), women's tennis (T-1st), volleyball (T-1st), men's swimming (T-12th), women's indoor track (T-16th), women's outdoor track (T-16th), and women's swimming (T-22nd).
The women's tennis team has maintained a perfect score in each of the six years in which the APR has been utilized. In addition, the men's tennis team earned its third consecutive year with a perfect APR, while the women's golf team received its second perfect score in a row. This marks the first time that volleyball has achieved a perfect APR.
"Xavier University and its student-athletes, coaches, and administrators have always placed an emphasis on academic performance," said Xavier University Associate Vice President and Athletic Director Mike Bobinski. "The latest APR is further evidence of Xavier's commitment to academic excellence and drive to be leaders on the court or field of play and in the classroom."
Through its innovative APR, which provides an annual scorecard of academic achievement, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I sports team. The most recent APR are rates based on multi-year scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.
Xavier has been one of the leaders in the Atlantic 10 in APR scores. In addition to the four teams with perfect scores that led the A-10, six other XU squads (baseball, men's basketball, men's swimming, women's swimming, women's indoor track, and women's outdoor track) posted the second-highest APR in the league in their respective sport.
Earlier this month the NCAA awarded Xavier baseball, women's golf, men's swimming, men's tennis, women's tennis, women's indoor track, women's outdoor track and volleyball with the APR Public Recognition Award. The award is given to teams with scores in the top 10 percent of their respective sport.
KEY BACKGROUND ON APR*
The Academic Progress Rate is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team.
The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.
The Division I Board of Directors set cut scores of 925 and 900 (out of 1,000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face possible immediate and historical sanctions. An APR of 925 currently predicts an approximately 50 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and an APR of 900 currently predicts an approximately 40 percent GSR.
The goal of the NCAA's academic performance program is improvement, not punishment. Not only does the program ensure accountability for student-athletes, teams and institutions, but also it provides fairness by considering individual circumstances per team and school.
*Information courtesy of the NCAA.