West Virginia University’s combined varsity athletic teams have an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 982 according to data released today by the NCAA. The 982 score is WVU’s highest in the 13 years of the NCAA Academic Performance Program.
WVU’s average APR score of 982 also is higher than the NCAA’s overall four-year APR average score of 981. WVU’s score is up three points from last year’s average and eight points from two years ago.
“I am delighted that our school-record average of 982 continues to increase annually and is above the national average,” Director of Athletics Shane Lyons said. “The continued increase in our scores is a testament to our academic support unit, our student-athletes and our coaching staffs.”
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.
For the 2015-16 academic year, West Virginia had a school-record 10 teams with perfect 1,000 scores: men’s basketball, golf, men’s soccer, wrestling, women’s basketball, cross country, women’s soccer, tennis, volleyball and rifle.
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 (2012-13 to 2015-16): baseball 977; men’s basketball 1,000; women’s basketball 1,000; cross country 990; football 940; golf 972; gymnastics 987; rifle 1,000; rowing 996; men’s soccer 976; women’s soccer 1,000; men’s swimming and diving 986; women’s swimming and diving 989; tennis 985; track and field 976; volleyball 966; and wrestling 962.
“I would like to congratulate the men’s basketball, women’s basketball, rifle and women’s soccer 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, men’s soccer, wrestling, women’s basketball, cross country, women’s soccer, tennis, volleyball and rifle teams for their perfect scores in 2015-16. I’m pleased that we have had 40 teams with perfect scores in the last five years, including a school-record 10 teams this year.”