May 14, 2014

Islanders Athletics Posts Another Solid Year in NCAA Academic Progress Rate

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Department of Athletics posted another strong showing in the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate, as released today by the organization. Thirteen of the 14 Islanders programs whose data were reviewed posted a multi-year APR of 935 or better.

“We’re continuing to make progress in the APR, and posting another strong year was a necessity,” Director of Athletics Scott Lazenby said. “With the higher standards that were put into place a couple of years ago, it has been a struggle for many schools at our level, but our coaches have done a good job of making adjustments to ensure that we are up to the standards set forth by the NCAA.”

The lone team that fell below a 935 was men’s basketball, with a four-year rolling average of 910 posted for the most recent data set, which tracks the 2009-10 season through the 2012-13 campaign. The men’s basketball team posted a 939 for the 2012-13 season after a 957 in 2011-12.

“Men’s basketball has continued to show solid progress in the APR,” Lazenby added. “The four-year average won’t show it until the 2010-11 data set is off the books, but Coach Wilson has done a tremendous job of improving the character and academics of Islanders Basketball, and I have all the faith in them to continue to post strong numbers.”

In addition to women’s golf, which received public recognition last week for its perfect score of 1,000, several other programs had strong multi-year scores. Softball (977), men’s tennis (964), women’s basketball (960), women’s tennis (960) and women’s cross country (957) all posted four-year APR totals over 950.

The Association holds Division I institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through the APR, a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete, each term. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-2013 academic years.

Beginning with 2012-13 championships, teams must earn a minimum 900 four-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to be eligible to participate. For 2014-15 championships, teams must earn a 930 four-year average APR or a 950 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.