June 11, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh met Academic Progress Rate standards in all 19 sports, it was revealed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on Tuesday 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 between the 2008-09 to the 2011-12 academic years.
Ten of Pitt’s 19 sports either improved or maintained their scores from the 2012 data, while nine sports scored in the top half of the Division I average score in their respective sport. Pitt had six programs achieve their highest score in team history (football, women’s basketball, softball, women’s cross country, women’s indoor track, women’s outdoor track).
The women’s basketball program was publicly recognized for a top 10 percentile ranking with a score of 995 – the highest among all Pitt athletic squads. The score ranked second in the Big East and second in the ‘new’ Atlantic Coast Conference – one of only three programs in both leagues ranked in the top 10%. The 995 points was also 23 points higher than the Division I level for the women’s basketball national average.
The men’s basketball program ranked in the top 30 percent with a score of 975, 23 points better than the average Division I men’s basketball national average.
Football, which posted its highest score in team history at 962, ranked in the top 40 percent of Division I. It was 13 points higher than the national standard.
The women’s cross country team had the second-best score among Pitt’s teams with a multi-year rate of 993, five points higher than its score in the previous report. Eight women’s teams scored a 983 mark or higher with softball making the most dramatic jump – a 30 point increase from last year’s data (985/955).
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 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 2004-05 through the 2011-12 academic years.