View Full Version : New APR: GU MBB tops in WCC

Angelo Roncalli
05-24-2011, 01:54 PM
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - (May 24, 2011 – www.GoZags.com) Gonzaga University's athletic teams proved once again they are excelling in the classroom as well as on the field of competition according to the latest NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate report released Tuesday.
Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility, graduation and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.
Earlier this month the Bulldogs had three teams – men’s basketball, men’s soccer and women’s golf - earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates for being in the top 10 percent of their sport nationwide. Gonzaga was one of two West Coast Conference teams with three sports honored.
The target number is 925 and higher for schools to avoid immediate penalties such as loss of scholarships and post-season bans, and Gonzaga's 15 teams each received an APR score well above 925. Last summer, for the first time in the history of the APR, a Head Coach APR Profile was also launched.
"We have always taken academics seriously. The APR was created to generate a better measuring stick for academic achievement,” Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. “Our APR results are a direct correlation to the emphasis our student-athletes, coaches and support staff put toward academic success. Our student-athletes, in particular, are to be commended for their desire to be successful in the classroom.”
Women’s golf received a perfect score of 1,000 for the 4-year reporting period, and the team is one of 260 teams to be honored with a Public Recognition Award for all six years of the APR Public Recognition Award program. The Bulldogs had 10 teams receive a perfect score of 1,000 for the 2009-10 APR period – men’s and women’s cross country; men’s and women’s tennis; men’s and women’s outdoor track; men’s soccer; women’s golf; women’s rowing, and women’s volleyball.
Multi-year APR scores for Gonzaga's teams were baseball (970), men's basketball (985), men's cross country (986), men’s golf (991), men's soccer (992), men’s tennis (987), men’s outdoor track (990), women's basketball (981), women’s cross country (992), women’s golf (1,000), women’s rowing (998), women's soccer (990), women's tennis (990), women’s outdoor track (992) and women's volleyball (994).
Gonzaga’s current group of head coaches has combined for 40 single-year APR scores of 1,000 since the start of the data compilation for the 2003-04 academic year.
APR scores per institution, along with penalties per school and teams receiving public recognition, are available online through the NCAA’s searchable database (full link here: http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/newmedia/public/rates/index5.html).

**To see full NCAA release on Academic Progress Rate click here (or click full link: http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/ncaa/resources/latest+news/2011/may/academic+scorecards+keep+improving)

Liz Smith
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Gonzaga University
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2009/10 APR for WCC MBB

GU: 985
LMU: 941
Pepp: 901
SCU: 965
SMC: 953
UP: 963
USD: 951
USF: 910

05-24-2011, 03:28 PM
They must really hand out the grades at GU.

05-25-2011, 09:38 AM
The 2011 National Champions, UConn Huskies (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=6571897), lose two scholarships due to poor/low APR.

UConn's MBB score was 826, with a 4-year average of 893.

Way to lead by example UConn :(

PS-> Actually, they are losing three schollies next year considering a previous one lost via a recruiting violation.


Angelo Roncalli
05-25-2011, 09:50 AM
While Pepperdine continued to have a sub-standard multi-year APR for men's basketball, its single season APR for 2010 under coash Asburty is outstanding (1000). USF has also shown significant improvement under Walters. Both schools had scholarships taken way recently for low APR's. Looks like that danger has passed. It shows what unmitigated disasters Jessie Evans and Vance Walberg were.

05-26-2011, 06:17 AM
Pepperdine and USF continue to fall below the 925 APR standard. How many years do they get to correct their academic situation before more scholarships are taken away?

05-26-2011, 10:49 AM
Thanks for posting this Angelo - I actually had no idea that this type of system existed. I only knew that they monitored academic progress/violations somehow.

Interesting about UCONN - I wonder what the other notable big programs look like, i.e. Syracuse, Kansas, Texas and UNC. We can all be pretty sure that teams like Duke, NDU, Georgetown are all on the up and up given their academic standards.

I hope that USF continues to rise; such good things going on there on the hill, I think they will turn it around, now that they really have something to lose.

Angelo Roncalli
05-26-2011, 03:57 PM
Pepperdine and USF continue to fall below the 925 APR standard. How many years do they get to correct their academic situation before more scholarships are taken away?

They've already been punished. They've gone through "regime changes." They've both made significant improvement, especially Pepperdine. There's no additional punishment warranted.