June 20, 2012
PITTSBURGH – All 19 athletic programs at the University of Pittsburgh met Academic Progress Rate standards, it was revealed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on Wednesday. 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 between the 2007-08 to the 2010-11 academic years.
Ten of Pitt’s 19 sports improved their scores from the previous year’s data, while 12 sports were above the Division I average score in their respective sport. Pitt saw seven programs achieve their highest score ever.
“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,” said Director of Athletics Steve Pederson. “The combination of athletic success and academic success as a great University is what we hope for each Pitt student-athlete.”
The men’s basketball program improved its score by five points from the 2010 data and were recognized nationally in the top-10 percent of their sport (among 336 Division I teams) for the second-straight season. They were just one of two Big East schools and 23 programs nationally recognized in the top 10 percent. The score was also 40 points higher than the Division I men’s basketball average.
Men’s soccer registered the best overall increase among all Pitt sports from one year to the next, an increase of 12 points. The squad has recorded perfect APR rates in two of the past four academic years, which raised the four-year average to 983 – the highest score in team history.
Wrestling and football each posted overall increases of seven and six points, respectively. Football’s score of 955 was also the highest for the program and is seven points better than the NCAA Division I average.
The women’s gymnastics team posted the highest score among all Pitt athletic squads with a multi-year rate of 995. Seven women’s teams scored a 984 mark or higher with cross country, women’s indoor track and women’s outdoor track improving their scores by seven points apiece in comparison to last year’s data. Cross country had the second-highest score (991) overall for Pitt teams, also the best in team history.
Women’s basketball ranks in the top 30 percent of Division I with a score of 985, 15 points more than the national average.
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 that fail to reach the required NCAA minimums can receive penalties that include loss of scholarships, public admonishment, restrictions on practice and competition and even expulsion from the NCAA.
The NCAA also released for the second-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 2010-11 academic years.
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