May 24, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS – All 19 athletic programs at the University of Pittsburgh meet Academic Progress Rate standards, according to a release from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on Tuesday. The report, which lists full APR scores and penalties for all NCAA Division I athletic programs, takes into account academic progress, graduation and retention rates over a four-year period from 2006-07 to the 2009-10 academic years.
One week ago, the NCAA recognized two Pitt squads - Men’s Basketball and Gymnastics - for its multi-year APR scores. The teams were ranked among the top-10 percent in their respective sports among NCAA Division I programs. Those top-performing teams registered APR scores ranging from 977 to 1,000, a perfect score. The Pitt gymnastics program received the highest possible score while men’s basketball posted a multi-year rate of 985, one of the highest totals in the BIG EAST.
Thirteen (13) of Pitt’s 19 sports improved their scores from the 2010 data release with the largest improvement coming from baseball and men’s basketball (25 and 23 points, respectively). Women’s basketball saw its score increase from 980 to 990, due to perfect scores (1000 in both eligibility/graduation and retention) in three of the past four academic years. Women’s basketball was ranked tied for second - with the University of Connecticut - among BIG EAST schools.
Women’s swimming posted the second-highest score among Pitt athletic squads with a multi-year rate of 992, also rated second-best in the league. The 10 Panthers women’s programs recorded no score lower than 970 for the multi-year period.
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 NCAA’s minimum score of 925 can receive penalties that include loss of scholarships, public admonishment, restrictions on practice and competition and even expulsion from the NCAA.