COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Fifteen intercollegiate sport programs at the University of Maryland maintained or improved their multiyear APR scores in the newest 2015-2016 APP report as announced by the NCAA Wednesday. Fifteen Terrapin teams earned multiyear Academic Progress Rates (APR) at or above .970.
Seven sports programs, led by men's track, women's cross country, men's and women's golf, gymnastics, women's tennis, and volleyball, earned perfect single year APR scores of 1000 for the 2015-16 academic year. Fifteen of Maryland's 20 sports programs earned single-year APR scores of .970 or higher.
Football earned a multiyear score of .984 and single-year APR score of .978. The multiyear score is a program-best since the APR's inception in 2003. The football program has made significant strides since 2009-10 when the multiyear was .922 and the single-year was .905.
Women's basketball and men's basketball earned multiyear rates of .990 and .965, respectively. Women's basketball has earned perfect single-year APR scores of 1000 in three of the last four years as noted in the 2015-16 APR. The men's basketball program's single year .965 is second highest in program history and the highest since 2010-11.
Five sports programs posted their program's highest multiyear APR score since the inception of the APR in 2003 – baseball, football, women's basketball, women's cross country, and softball.
"We're excited to recognize our student-athletes' outstanding academic accomplishments,” Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson said. “They are committed to working hard in the classroom and setting a high academic standard that we are all very proud of."
"I am always very proud to see that not only do our student-athletes excel in the athletic arena, but also do so in the classroom,” Maryland Faculty Athletics Representative Nick Hadley said. “Our student-athletes take their academics and earning a degree very seriously, as is evident in our most recent APR scores".
The newly released multiyear APR scores are comprised of data submitted for 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16. The APR index was developed by the NCAA to provide a "real time" snapshot on a semester-by-semester basis in order to measure the eligibility and retention of student-athletes in all Division I institutions. The APR is part of a larger package of initiatives, the NCAA Academic Performance Program, which was mandated by the NCAA Board of Directors to improve the academic performance of athletic teams.
In calculating the APR, all student-athletes receiving athletics financial aid are considered "counters" and each semester receive one point for retention/graduation and one point for meeting NCAA and University of Maryland eligibility standards for competition. The maximum number of APR points a student-athlete can earn in an academic year is four (2 in the fall semester and 2 in the spring semester). A team's APR is the total number of eligibility/retention points earned divided by the maximum number of points possible. This APR number is then multiplied by 1000. (For example, a team which receives 94 percent of all possible points would have a team APR of 940.)