The University of Alabama men’s and women’s athletic teams continued to perform solidly in the NCAA release of APR (Academic Progress Rate) data for the 2015-16 measuring period, a span covering academic performance from 2012-2016.
Five UA programs — men’s cross country, women’s tennis, women’s golf, women’s swimming and diving and gymnastics — received perfect scores of 1000. The Crimson Tide football program received a score of 980, tied for second place (with Auburn and Florida) in the 14-member Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt led the SEC football programs with a 992 score. Nationally, both Northwestern and Air Force posted 995 scores, tying for the top spot.
The UA men’s basketball program (979) and baseball program (990) both bettered the national average in those sports. The 990 score for baseball was second-highest in the SEC, behind South Carolina (1000). Softball posted a 997 score, also good for a second-place ranking in the SEC.
“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 via a University release. “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 was one of four SEC schools to have more than four teams receive public recognition from the NCAA for their APR scores. 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 in the UA release. “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). Few SEC schools veered near a 930 (penalty) score, although Missouri men’s basketball (934) narrowly missed penalties that could have included a one-year postseason ban.
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