Virginia Tech’s athletics teams put together an impressive performance in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) program, according to data released by the NCAA on Wednesday.
The APR is a scorecard that tracks classroom performance of Division I sports teams, and it takes into account eligibility and retention of student-athletes over a four-year period. The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.
Three Tech programs finished with a perfect 1,000 – men’s tennis, men’s cross country and golf. The men’s cross country program has scored 1,000 for three straight years, while the golf program had scored 1,000 in back-to-back years.
The football team scored 968 – its highest score since the NCAA started using this metric in 2004-05. That number ranked 20 points higher than the national average of 948. Also, the Tech men’s basketball team scored 985, 35 points better than the national average of 950, and the program’s number ranked third in the ACC behind Duke (995) and Miami (980).
In addition to have three teams with perfect scores, Tech had four other teams that scored 990 or better. This group included women’s soccer (992), women’s cross country (991), women’s swimming and diving (991) and volleyball (990).
The scores for the other Tech programs included lacrosse (988), baseball (986), women’s basketball (986), women’s tennis (985), men’s indoor track (983), men’s outdoor track (983), wrestling (979), men’s swimming and diving (977), softball (968), men’s soccer (966), women’s outdoor track (966) and women’s indoor track (961).
Among ACC teams, Tech’s wrestling program ranked second behind Duke (1,000) and the women’s basketball program ranked second behind Wake Forest (1,000). The women’s soccer team ranked third behind BC (996) and UVa (994).
For more information on the APR, please check out www.ncaa.org.
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