June 20, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Twelve intercollegiate teams at the University of Maryland posted multiyear Academic Progress Rates (APR) at or above 975 based on data released Wednesday by the NCAA.
Those programs in the report were led by the men's cross country team, which earned a perfect multiyear score of 1,000 and was recognized by the NCAA as among the top 10 percent of programs nationally.
Five sport programs - men's cross country, men's swimming, wrestling, women's golf and volleyball - earned single-year marks of 1,000 in 2010-11.
Football, which suffered a reduction of three scholarships for the 2011 season based on previous low APRs, has recovered significantly from a downward trend. Football increased its multiyear score from 922 to 931 and its single-year score from 905 to 972, as reported today.
"Academic performance is a core value of our athletics department at the University of Maryland," said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. "Everyone in our department, including coaches and staff, has made a priority of ensuring our student-athletes achieve their goal of graduating with a Maryland degree.
"Congratulations to our academic support and career development staff for these strong numbers. We're particularly pleased at the strong improvement in the single-year figure in football. While we always strive for improvement, the data released today shows we're on the right track."
Maryland will have no postseason or scholarship-reduction penalties based on this report.
The newly released multiyear APR scores are comprised of data submitted for 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11. 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 to compete. 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 1,000. (For example, a team which receives 94 percent of all possible points would have a team APR of 940.)
In creating the APR, the NCAA has established a multiyear benchmark or "cut score," under which contemporaneous penalties could be imposed in the form of scholarship reductions for those teams which fall below a multiyear score of 925. The NCAA determined 925 as the "cut score" as it was determined that it was equivalent to a 50 percent graduation rate. More recently, the NCAA mandated potential postseason bans for teams that fall below a multiyear score of 930.
The database of APR data for all NCAA Division I teams is avalable at this link.
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