Thirteen intercollegiate teams at the University of Maryland posted multiyear Academic Progress Rates (APR) at or above 970 based on data released Tuesday by the NCAA.
Those programs in the report were led by the women's golf 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.
In addition to women's golf, teams scoring above 970 on the multiyear (4-year) rate were: field hockey (997), volleyball (990), men's lacrosse (989), women's soccer (985), women's lacrosse (981), gymnastics (978), women's outdoor track (975), women's indoor track (974), women's cross country (973), men's golf (973), men's outdoor track (972) and men's soccer (972).
All sport programs reported in the 2011-12 data set earned multiyear scores of 930 or higher. As a result, no penalties were assessed by the NCAA.
Football continued to make strides since 2009-10 when the multiyear score was 922. Since then, football has reported multiyear scores of 931 and 937 in the latest data. Under Randy Edsall, the football team has had an increase of 15 APR points in two years. Men's and women's basketball had multiyear scores of 948 and 950, respectively.
"Academic performance is a core value of our athletics department and our student-athletes continue to represent this university with distinction," said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. "Our entire department is dedicated to ensuring our student-athletes achieve their goal of graduating with a Maryland degree. We're committed to helping our student-athletes build a foundation for a successful life after intercollegiate athletics."
The newly released multiyear APR scores are comprised of data submitted for 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12. 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.)
The database of APR data for all NCAA Division I teams is available at this link.