Notes on USF's APR Scores
  • Baseball produced the nation's third-largest multi-year improvement and best by a school from the six major conferences
  • Football's three-year improvement is the best by a BCS school by 17 points
  • Football is tied for 26th out of 66 BCS schools, up from 30th last year
  • Men's Basketball's three-year improvement is the third-largest gain of any team in the six major conferences
  • 15-of-18 USF programs produced a positive trend from last year
  • 16-of-18 USF programs produced annual APR rates above 950, with eight having perfect multi-year rates of 1,000
  • Women's Tennis, Women's Volleyball and Women's Golf received special recognition for finishing in the top 10 percent nationally in sport
TAMPA – The University of South Florida continued to show progress in the NCAA’s most recent edition of the Academic Progress Rate (APR) report released on Wednesday, highlighted by the baseball program producing the nation’s third-largest multi-year improvement.

The 2012 APR report consists of multi-year data from 2006-07 through 2010-11. “Last year, we were extremely excited about the strides we had made in the APR, and we felt like we would continue to see that progress in the coming years,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Woolard. “This year’s report confirms that expectation and it is a credit to our student-services department and the student-athletes that we continue to see this strong level of improvement. Having success academically is of the utmost importance to our athletic department and we will continue to strive for excellence in that area so the progress can continue.”

The baseball program improved its multi-year score by 36 points to 962 in the 2012 report. That 36-point bump was the largest increase of any baseball program in the six major conferences and was the third-largest increase of any baseball program in the country.

Building off the positive trend from last year, the Bulls football program saw another increase in 2012. After posting a 930 in the 2010 report and producing a 21-point increase, which was tied for the largest improvement of any BCS school, the football program increased another 23 points, the largest improvement of any BCS school in 2011, to 953. During that two-year span, the football program’s 44-point improvement was 15 points larger than the second-best two-year improvement. This year, the program added another 10 points to its multi-year score, finishing at 963. That mark is tied for 26th out of the 66 BCS schools, up from 30th last year, and is tied for second in the BIG EAST, up from fourth a year ago. USF’s three-year 54-point improvement is also the best by a BCS school. In addition, the program’s annual score increased for the fifth-consecutive year, going from 879 in 2005-06 to 978 in 2010-11.

The men’s basketball program has also continued its positive trend. In 2010, the program produced a 37-point jump from the previous year, which was the fifth-best improvement out of the 73 schools in the six major conferences, to 915. Last year, the men’s basketball program improved another 22 points, the 10th-largest increase, to 937. This year, the program added another 11 points to its total, finishing at 948. The 70-point improvement over the last three years is the third-largest gain of the 73 schools in the six major conferences and is tops in the BIG EAST.

Of USF’s 18 sports represented in the report, 15 have a positive multi-year APR trend from the 2011 report, with two programs remaining level, and 16-of-18 programs have annual APR rates above 950, including eight with perfect rates of 1,000.

The athletic department is led by women’s golf, women’s tennis and volleyball, which received special recognition last week for achieving a perfect multi-year rate of 1,000. The softball program continued its success, posting a multi-year score of 991. The men’s tennis program was the top male performer with a multi-year score of 984.

 This year’s report comes on the heels of USF’s most successful year academically on record. The department produced a record-high combined 3.03 GPA for the 2011-2012 academic year, which was headlined by the women’s soccer program at 3.36, the women’s tennis program at 3.46 and the men’s tennis program at 3.22 for the spring term.