UNCW strong again in NCAA’s APR Report

UNCW fans join Sammy C. Hawk in cheering on the men's basketball team during a game at Trask Coliseum during the 2016-2017 season. (Photo: John Rendleman/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, North Carolina (UNCWSports.com) — – The NCAA’s 14th round of Academic Progress Rates (APR) confirms that UNCW’s student-athletes continue to excel at a high rate academically.

The report comes one week after UNCW’s baseball, women’s tennis, men’s soccer, women’s swimming, men’s golf and volleyball teams earned Public Recognition Awards for placing among the top 10 percent nationally in the classroom in the multi-year calculation for their sports.

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“The latest APR scores show that our student-athletes are dedicated to their academic pursuits,” said Jimmy Bass, UNCW’s seventh-year athletic director. “They have attained a difficult balance between their academic work and competitive lifestyles. We applaud them for their efforts.”

Every NCAA Division I team calculates its APR based on the eligibility, graduation and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face consequences, such as practice restrictions and restrictions on postseason competition. Rates are based on the past four years’ performance and the most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.

In the NCAA’s high-profile sports, the average four-year APR for men’s basketball is 966, up two points from last year, and women’s basketball increased by two points as well to 980.

According to Wednesday’s APR figures, 26 teams will be ineligible for the 2017-18 postseason, compared with 23 teams in 2016-17. Overall, 31 teams are facing penalties, including restrictions on practice and regular season competition, and other sanctions.

The NCAA provides APR adjustments for student-athletes who transfer to another four-year school after earning a 2.6 grade point average and those who leave in good academic standing for professional careers.

Twelve of UNCW’s 18 teams in the report achieved a perfect APR score of 1,000 for 2015-16. Teams that reached perfection include baseball, men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s soccer, men’s track and field, women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s beach volleyball, women’s swimming, women’s tennis, women’s track and field and volleyball.

UNCW APR Scores | Reporting Period  – 2012-13 Through 2015-16

Sport 2015-16 Multi-Year
Baseball 1000 990
Men’s Basketball 959 975
Women’s Basketball 978 983
Men’s Golf 1000 1000
Women’s Golf 1000 979
Men’s Soccer 1000 1000
Women’s Soccer 990 992
Softball 989 993
Women’s Swimming & Diving 1000 1000
Men’s Swimming & Diving 920 961
Men’s Tennis 970 993
Women’s Tennis 1000 1000
Men’s Track & Field 1000 973
Women’s Track & Field 1000 991
Volleyball 1000 1000
Men’s Cross Country 1000 975
Women’s Cross Country 1000 986
Women’s Beach Volleyball 1000 1000