BLACKSBURG – 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 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 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.
Two Tech programs finished with a perfect multi-year 1,000 score – men’s cross country and golf. The men’s cross country program has scored 1,000 for four straight years, while the golf program has scored 1,000 for three straight years. Both were recipients of a Public Recognition Award based on their most recent multi-year APR.
Three Tech programs received perfect 1,000 APR scores for the 2011-12 year – men’s cross country, women’s cross country and softball.
The football team scored 970 for its multi-year APR – its highest score since the NCAA started using this metric in 2004-05. That number ranked 21 points higher than the national average of 949 and put the Hokies tied for sixth among ACC schools.
The Tech men’s basketball team scored 981 for its multi-year APR score, 29 points better than the national average of 952, and the program’s number ranked fourth in the ACC behind Duke (995), Miami (990) and NC State (984).
In addition to having two teams with perfect multi-year APR scores, Tech had four other teams that scored 990 or better. This group included men’s tennis (993), women’s soccer (992), women’s cross country (992) and volleyball (990).
The multi-year APR scores for the other Tech programs were: baseball (984), women’s swimming and diving (983), men’s soccer (982), men’s outdoor track (982), men’s swimming and diving (980), women’s basketball (980), men’s indoor track (979), women’s tennis (978), wrestling (973), softball (969), lacrosse (967), women’s outdoor track (958) and women’s indoor track (945).
Among ACC teams, the Tech men’s tennis program ranked tied for second in multi-year APR scores, while the men’s soccer team, the wrestling team and the women’s basketball team ranked third.
For more information on the APR, please check out www.ncaa.org.
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