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Nine Miami Programs Earn Perfect APR Scores for 2018-19

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Nine University of Miami Athletics programs were recognized for perfect single-year scores of 1,000 in the 2018-19 Academic Progress Report (APR), released Tuesday by the NCAA.

The Miami programs earning perfect scores for the 2018-19 school year were men’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s diving, golf, rowing, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s track and field.

“It is once again a remarkable achievement for nine of our teams to post perfect APR scores for the 2018-19 academic year,” Director of Athletics Blake James said. “I am exceedingly proud of our student-athletes and their desire to excel in the classroom, as well as our coaches and academic staff members who work tirelessly to help them achieve these results.”

UM’s football program posted its highest single-year APR in program history (987) for 2018-19. In addition, the Hurricanes’ men’s basketball (968), women’s basketball (995), men’s cross country (1,000), women’s cross country (1,000), football (973), golf (1,000), rowing (994), soccer (997), men’s tennis (1,000), women’s tennis (1,000), men’s track and field (991), women’s track and field (992) and volleyball (995) 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, and men’s and women’s tennis 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 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 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.

To compete in the 2019-20 postseason, teams had to achieve a four-year APR of 930. 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 a four-year APR of at least 930 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 Rates (2015-16 through 2018-19 academic years)
Baseball: 976
Men’s Basketball: 968
Men’s Cross Country: 1,000
Football: 973
Men’s Diving: 978
Men’s Tennis: 1,000
Men’s Track and Field: 991
Women’s Basketball: 995
Women’s Cross Country: 1,000
Golf: 1,000
Rowing: 994
Soccer: 997
Women’s Swimming & Diving: 982
Women’s Tennis: 1,000
Women’s Track & Field: 992
Volleyball: 995