COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Twelve intercollegiate sport programs at the University of Maryland maintained or improved their multiyear APR scores in the newest 2016-2017 APP report as announced by the NCAA Wednesday while fifteen teams earned multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR) at or above .970.
Nine sports programs led by men’s track, women’s cross country, women’s golf, gymnastics, softball, women’s tennis, women’s indoor/outdoor track, and volleyball earned perfect single year APR scores of 1000 for the 2016-17 academic year. Fifteen of Maryland’s 20 sports programs earned single-year APR scores of .970 or higher.
"The academic accomplishments of our teams and student-athletes are a great source of pride for our athletic department," said Executive Athletic Director Damon Evans. "We remain committed to a having a culture of academic and athletics excellence."
Two sport programs, women’s cross country and tennis, were recognized as excellent for earning perfect 1.000 multi-year scores while in the top ten percent of all programs nationally.
Football earned a multiyear score of .981 and single-year APR score of .965. The multiyear score is the second best in program history since the APR’s inception in 2003. The football program has made significant strides since 2009-10 when the multiyear was .922, single year was .905, and the program was assessed a contemporaneous penalty losing three scholarships.
Women’s basketball and men’s basketball earned multiyear rates of .976 and .960, respectively. Women’s basketball has earned perfect single-year APR score of 1000 three of the last five years as noted in the 2016-17 APR. The men’s basketball program’s single year .960 is second highest in the last five years.
Ten sport programs posted or tied their program’s highest single year APR score since the inception of the APR in 2003 –football, men’s soccer, men’s track, women’s cross country, women’s golf, gymnastics, softball, tennis, women’s indoor/outdoor track, and volleyball.
"We are very proud of our student-athletes and the fact that we are graduating them at a high level means our APR scores are consistent and we have had no issues," said Chris Uchacz, Associate Athletic Director for Academic Support & Career Development. "The ASCDU team works diligently to provide our student-athletes with a high level of academic support and our coaches support the emphasis we place on academic excellence."
The newly released multiyear APR scores are comprised of data submitted for 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2017-17. 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.)