Mountaineers Score Well On The Academic Side
West Virginia University’s combined varsity athletic teams have an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 984 according to data released today by the NCAA. The 984 score is WVU’s highest in the 14 years of the NCAA Academic Performance Program.
WVU’s average APR score of 984 is higher than the NCAA’s overall four-year APR average score of 983. WVU’s score is up two points from last year’s average and 10 points from three years ago.
“The continued increase in our scores is a testament to our academic support unit, our student-athletes and our coaching staffs,” Director of Athletics Shane Lyons said. “We continue to climb with school-best marks and to be above the national average each year.”
The APR is based upon eligibility and retention of student-athletes on a semester-by-semester basis and is an assessment of real-time academic success. The results of the fall and spring semesters, in a given year, are calculated as that year’s APR score and averaged with the respective scores from the previous three years to provide a four-year (multi-year) snapshot of academic achievement.
Any student-athlete receiving athletic aid in a varsity sport can earn up to four points per year for being academically eligible and remaining enrolled in the institution. A team’s APR is the total points earned on the roster divided by that squad’s total possible points, multiplied by 1,000.
Teams must achieve a 930 multi-year APR to avoid immediate penalties (involving the possible reduction of practice time and access to postseason competition). The current multi-year APR scores for WVU’s varsity teams (2013-14 to 2016-17): baseball 968; men’s basketball 1,000; women’s basketball 995; cross country 993; football 950; golf 1,000; gymnastics 976; rifle 1,000; rowing 995; men’s soccer 981; women’s soccer 994; men’s swimming and diving 979; women’s swimming and diving 983; tennis 1,000; track and field 976; volleyball 960; and wrestling 972.
For the 2016-17 academic year, West Virginia had six teams with perfect 1,000 scores: men’s basketball, golf, cross country, rowing, tennis and rifle.
“I would like to congratulate the men’s basketball, golf, rifle and tennis programs for their tremendous academic success by posting a perfect four-year APR score of 1,000,” Lyons said. “I would also like to recognize and congratulate the men’s basketball, golf, cross country, rowing, tennis and rifle teams for their perfect scores in 2016-17. I’m pleased that we have had 46 perfect team scores in the last six years.”