Illini Teams Excel in APR Data Released by NCAA
June 11, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - One week after a school-record six University of Illinois athletic teams earned the NCAA Public Recognition Award based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR), the NCAA announced the complete list of APR data for all member schools on Tuesday. Nineteen of the 21 Illini teams (indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and cross country are counted separately) equaled or exceeded national APR averages for their respective sports, including four with perfect 1,000 multi-year APR rates.
Illini baseball, men's and women's golf, women's gymnastics, soccer and women's tennis teams all earned Public Recognition Awards last week, which are given to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent of their sport nationally for the four-year period ending with 2011-12. Illinois' men's and women's golf, women's gymnastics and women's tennis teams each notched perfect 1,000 multi-year APR rates, while soccer and baseball each turned in a mark of 997, which rank as their highest totals in the eight years of APR data.
In addition, the Illini volleyball team ranked in the top 20 percent of the sport nationally with an APR of 995, while men's cross country (992) and wrestling (975) placed in the top 30 percent. Football (960), women's cross country (994), and women's indoor (986) and outdoor (986) track and field all placed in the top 40 percent. The football team's 960 APR is an all-time high in the eight years that APR data has been published, up from an initial rate of 918 in 2004-05.
Twelve Illini teams posted perfect APR scores of 1,000 for the 2011-12 academic year: baseball, men's golf, men's gymnastics, men's tennis, women's cross country, women's golf, women's gymnastics, soccer, women's tennis, women's track (indoor and outdoor) and volleyball.
Men's golf, women's tennis and women's gymnastics each had perfect 1,000 scores in each of the past four academic years, while women's golf has a seven-year streak of 1,000 rates. The Illini baseball, volleyball and soccer teams have recorded scores of 1,000 in three of the last four years.
The most recent four-year Division I APR is 974, up one point from last year. The APR rates are based on data from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years. Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face sanctions, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice. Rates are based on the past four years' performance.
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