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Pitt Athletics Excels in NCAA Academic Progress Rate Report




May 14, 2014

PITTSBURGH--The University of Pittsburgh exceeded Academic Progress Rate standards in all 19 sports, it was revealed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on Wednesday afternoon. The NCAA released its full APR scores and penalties for all NCAA Division I athletic programs taking into account academic progress, graduation and retention rates over a four-year period from 2009-10 to the 2012-13 academic years.

Eleven of Pitt's 19 sports either improved or maintained their scores from the 2012 data, 10 sports scored in the top half of the NCAA Division I average in their respective sport and seven programs ranked among the Atlantic Coast Conference's top 50 percent of programs. In addition, Pitt had five programs achieve their highest score in team history (baseball, men's basketball, men's soccer, men's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field).

"Maintaining that great balance of athletic and academic success at the University of Pittsburgh is what we strive for each year," said Athletic Director Steve Pederson. "As always, these results are the combination of committed student-athletes, support from their coaches for education and a staff working hard to make certain that the priorities of this institution remain consistent."

For the third time in four years, the men's basketball program was publicly recognized for a top 10 percentile ranking with an ACC-best score of 995. The 995 score ranks 38 points higher than the NCAA Division I team average for men's basketball.

The women's basketball team ranked in the top 20 percentile of NCAA Division I with a score of 994, 21 points higher than the average score.

Football posted a 961 score, one point shy of its highest score in team history. In addition, the rating is 10 points higher than the national football team average.

Seven Pitt women's teams surpassed a 984 mark, highlighted by women's gymnastics (995), women's basketball (994), women's cross country (992), women's indoor track & field (985), women's outdoor track & field (985) and women's tennis (984). Programs improving by 10 points or more over the previous report include men's basketball (+20 points), wrestling (+11), men's swimming & diving (+11) and men's soccer (+10), which vaulted into the nation's top 20 percentile.

The Academic Progress Rate is a measure of performance for all participating NCAA Division I athletic programs. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic progress, graduation and retention. The NCAA awards two points at the conclusion of each academic term to student-athletes who meet academic-eligibility standards and who remain with the institution or leave with their degree.

A team's APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible. Schools who fail to reach the required NCAA minimums can receive penalties that include an immediate postseason ban, loss of scholarships, public admonishment, restrictions on practice and competition and even expulsion from the NCAA.

The NCAA also released for the third straight year the Head Coach APR in conjunction with the release of the team data. The Head Coach APR is the single season team dates for any individual designated as a head coach for that team from 2003-04 through the 2012-13 academic years. 

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