May 14, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Four University of Wyoming sport programs made history, while another was recognized for a perfect score when the annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) was released Wednesday by the NCAA.
Four sports, including Cowboy football, wrestling and men's basketball, along with Cowgirl cross country, posted the highest multi-year APR scores in their history. The football program scored an all-time high of 955, while wrestling (968), men's hoops (941) and women's cross country (983) also set historic highs.
Additionally, men's golf scored a perfect 1,000 and for the second consecutive year, was recognized last week by the NCAA with a Public Recognition Award for its outstanding APR.
Each of UW's 17 programs scored more than 940 on its multi-year rate APR which is comprised of the previous four academic years (2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013). Cowgirl volleyball led the charge with a 990, followed by Cowgirl tennis (985), Cowgirl soccer (981), Cowgirl swimming and diving (980), Cowboy cross country (977), Cowgirl basketball (972), Cowgirl outdoor track (971), Cowboy and Cowgirl indoor track (969 each), Cowgirl golf (964), Cowboy swimming and diving (959) and Cowboy outdoor track (956).
The UW Athletic Department has a system in place in which senior administrators review the numbers with coaches, academic staff and the compliance office after each semester so each group is aware at all times where it stands in regards to APR.
"These great scores are a testament to the hard work done by our coaches, academic staff, mentors and tutors and, of course, our great student-athletes," Deputy Director of Athletics Matt Whisenant said.
The NCAA's APR is designed to track the academic progress of each student-athlete on an athletic scholarship at a particular institution. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
Beginning with 2012-13 NCAA Championships, teams were required to earn a minimum 900 four-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to be eligible to participate in NCAA Championships. For 2014-15 championships, teams must earn a 930 four-year average APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years to participate in championships. In 2015-16 and beyond, teams must earn a four-year APR of 930 to compete in championships.