June 22, 2012
Laramie, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming athletics teams all received positive ratings this past week when the NCAA released its most recent Academic Progress Rates (APR) for university athletic teams.
The benchmark for the APR scores is a 925. All 17 of UW's athletics teams exceeded the 925 standard for the most recent data gathered for the four-year period ending with the 2010-11 academic year.
"I am extremely proud of the hard work that our student-athletes, academic staff and coaches have put in to achieve these most recent APR scores," said UW Athletics Director Tom Burman. "We offer our student-athletes numerous resources to help them achieve their goals academically, and we also appreciate the resources that our student-athletes receive from throughout campus to reach their academic goals.
"Our student-athletes and our coaches know that our success in the classroom is as important to us as our success on the playing field, and they should be proud of themselves and their teammates for exceeding the APR standards.
"The emphasis placed on the APR by the NCAA is evident in the postseason restrictions they have begun to place on schools who don't meet the APR standards. The NCAA is also raising the benchmark in future years, so the emphasis on academic performance will continue to go hand-in-hand with athletic performance."
The APR benchmark will rise in coming years to 930, which equates to a 50 percent Graduation Success Rate. All 17 of UW's athletics teams currently exceed that future 930 standard, as well.
In a press release issued on Wednesday, NCAA President Mark Emmert said, "We expect student-athletes to meet their dual responsibilities, and most of them are doing so."
The APR for each NCAA Division I athletic team is calculated each year based on both the eligibility and retention of student-athletes. As detailed in the NCAA press release on Wednesday, adjustments are made by the NCAA for student-athletes who transfer with certain grade-point averages and those who leave school for professional athletics careers but leave in good academic standing.
Along with its release of APR numbers, the NCAA also announced that 15 teams throughout the nation will be restricted from competing in postseason play for the coming 2012-13 academic year. Those 15 teams include 10 men's basketball teams, three football teams, one wrestling team and one men's soccer squad.
All of Wyoming's 17 NCAA teams are eligible for postseason play this coming year.
In regard to the 15 teams nationally whose low APR scores will prohibit them from participating in postseason play in 2012-13, NCAA President Emmert said," This is not a penalty -- it's our expectation. Just as a team needs a winning record to make the playoffs or the tournament, they need a winning record in the classroom, as well."
This is the ninth year of the NCAA's APR program.
The individual scores for Wyoming's 17 athletics teams are: Men's Basketball (938), Men's Cross Country (980), Football (936), Men's Golf (969), Men's Swimming and Diving (956), Men's Indoor Track and Field (955), Men's Outdoor Track and Field (965), Wrestling (957), Women's Basketball (979), Women's Cross Country (957), Women's Golf (993), Women's Soccer (963), Women's Swimming and Diving (974), Women's Tennis (977), Women's Indoor Track and Field (950), Women's Outdoor Track and Field (965) and Women's Volleyball (984).