Nine Miami Programs Earn Perfect APR Scores for 2017-18
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Nine University of Miami Athletics programs were recognized for perfect single-year scores of 1,000 in the 2017-18 Academic Progress Report (APR), released Wednesday by the NCAA.
The Miami programs earning perfect scores for the 2017-18 school year were women’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s diving, golf, women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track and field and volleyball.
“It is a remarkable achievement for nine of our teams to post perfect APR scores for 2017-18,” UM Director of Athletics Blake James said. “Our student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom, and our dedicated coaches and academic staff members work tirelessly to help them achieve these results.”
Six UM programs – men’s and women’s cross country, golf, men’s and women’s tennis and volleyball – earned perfect multi-year scores of 1,000 for the four-year period for school years from 2014-15 to 2017-18.
The Hurricanes’ baseball (978), women’s basketball (995), men’s cross country (1,000), women’s cross country (1,000), football (970), golf (1,000), women’s tennis (1,000), men’s track and field (981), women’s track and field (986) and volleyball (1,000) teams each topped their respective sports’ multi-year national averages.
The report comes a week after the Hurricanes’ men’s and women’s cross country, golf, men’s and women’s tennis and volleyball teams each earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA. The Public Recognition Awards each year are bestowed upon teams finishing in the top 10 percent of their respective sports based on the most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate.
The APR, created to be a more real-time measurement of academic success than graduation rates, is a team-based metric through which scholarship student-athletes each term earn one point for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating. This report is based on NCAA Division I APR data submitted by the institution for the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.
In the fall of 2011, the Division I Board of Directors approved tougher academic standards, including setting a new standard that teams must meet to participate in postseason competition. The goal of the NCAA’s academic performance program is improvement, not punishment.
Not only does the program ensure accountability for student-athletes, teams and institutions, but also it provides fairness by considering individual circumstances per team and school. To compete in the 2019-20 postseason, teams must achieve a 930 four-year APR. NCAA members chose the 930 standard because that score predicts, on average, a 50 percent graduation rate for teams at that APR level. Additionally, teams must earn at least a 930 four-year APR to avoid penalties.
APRs for each team, lists of teams receiving public recognition and those receiving sanctions are available online through the NCAA’s searchable database.
UM Team: Multi-Year Rate (2014-15 through 2017-18 school years)
Men’s Basketball: 963
Men’s Cross Country: 1,000
Men’s Diving: 977
Men’s Tennis: 1,000
Men’s Track and Field: 981
Women’s Basketball: 995
Women’s Cross Country: 1,000
Women’s Swimming & Diving: 991
Women’s Tennis: 1,000
Women’s Track & Field: 986
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