USF Athletics Continues Successful APR Scores

May 10, 2017

Baseball and Women's Soccer post program record APR scores

Football team posts program record single-year APR

TAMPA, MAY 10, 2017– University of South Florida Athletics saw all 18 of its evaluated programs post a score of 952 or better for the second straight year when the NCAA released its most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) data Wednesday.

All of USF's evaluated programs exceeded the NCAA's minimum APR standard score of 930. The American Athletic Conference champion women's tennis program posted a perfect score of 1,000 for the seventh-straight report and joined the women's golf program, which posted a perfect 1,000 for the fourth-consecutive year. Both programs were honored by the NCAA last week with Public Recognition Awards. USF teams have received a total to 18 such honors in the last six reports.

All nine USF women's teams earned an APR score of 977 or higher, with softball and women's soccer posting 990 or better. The women's soccer program, under head coach Denise Schilte-Brown, posted a record multi-year APR score of 990, while the baseball program, under head coach Mark Kingston, also posted a record multi-year APR score of 972.

USF had great success in its most recent single-year APR scores for 2015-16. The football program posted a record single-year APR score of 990, while seven USF athletic programs recorded a perfect score of 1,000 for the 2015-16 academic year. Those programs included men's golf, which has claimed three straight American Athletic Conference titles, and women's basketball, which has earned three consecutive NCAA Tournament bids. Women's cross country, women's golf, women's tennis, women's track and field and women's volleyball also posted perfect scores for 2015-16.

“USF student-athletes continue to achieve in the classroom,” USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan said. “We are pleased with our latest APR scores and the continued work of our fantastic academic services staff and coaches in fulfilling our commitment to the total student-athlete experience. We continue to provide a strong platform from which our student-athletes can achieve their academic goals.”

USF has 73 student-athletes slated to earn their degree during spring commencement ceremonies this weekend.

The 2017 APR report features a four-year compilation of data from the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years. The APR uses formulas related to student-athlete retention and eligibility to measure the academic performances of all participants who receive grants-in-aid on every team at every NCAA Division I college and university. It provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete and a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.

Academic Progress Rate

The APR, or Academic Progress Rate, holds institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for each academic term.

The APR is calculated as follows:

  • Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible.
  • A team's total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team's Academic Progress Rate.
  • In addition to a team's current-year APR, its rolling four-year APR is also used to determine accountability.

The APR is based on four years of data, with the most current year's data added and the oldest year removed to create a four-year (multi-year) rolling rate. Penalties can be applied if an athletic team's multi-year APR score is below 930.

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