Virginia Tech’s athletics teams put together an impressive performance in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) program according to the recent data released by the NCAA on Tuesday.
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 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.
Tech’s combined four-year rate of 981 is 11 points better than the national average of 970. An APR score of 925 or higher is what teams first look to meet to avoid immediate penalties (involving the possible loss of grants-in-aid).
Three Tech programs finished at perfect 1,000 scores – men’s tennis, men’s cross country and golf. The men’s cross country team has scored 1,000 for three straight years, while the golf squad has scored 1,000 for the second straight season.
The women’s swimming and diving team (998), the women’s soccer team (992), the lacrosse team (992) and the volleyball squad (990) came close this time. The Tech swimming and diving team ranked second in the ACC behind North Carolina, while women’s soccer was third in the ACC behind BC and Virginia.
The Tech football program scored a 955 – nine points higher than the national average. Also, the men’s basketball program came in at 985, 40 points higher than the national average and tied for second among ACC schools with North Carolina and NC State (behind Duke).
The scores for the other Tech programs included: women’s cross country (988), men’s indoor track (985), men’s outdoor track (985), women’s tennis (978), baseball (977), women’s basketball (977), women’s outdoor track (976), softball (973), women’s indoor track (970), men’s soccer (963), men’s swimming and diving (961) and wrestling (961).
For more information on the APR, please check out www.ncaa.org.
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