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Angelo Roncalli
05-24-2018, 11:23 AM
Tied for top APR and Graduate Success Rate in the nation:

GU Athletics No. 1 in Nation in APR
Gonzaga student-athletes tied with Holy Cross and Villanova with a 998 mark

INDIANAPOLIS — Gonzaga Athletics combined to post the nation’s best Annual Progress Rate (APR) multi-year average of 998, tying GU with Holy Cross and Villanova for the highest mark, according to data released by the NCAA on Wednesday.

Astoundingly, GU’s 15 APR-eligible teams all posted a perfect 1,000 score for the 2016-17 academic year to continue to boost Athletics’ academic profile nationally. Of those 15 teams, nine have perfect 1,000 scores in the APR’s multi-year average, which is a combined mark of reported data from each of the past four completed academic years. Gonzaga’s best-ever mark of 998 this season is 15 points ahead of the NCAA multi-year average of 983.

“For our student-athletes to achieve at this level is incredible, and we want to thank our faculty, staff and coaches for their support throughout the year as none of this would be possible without them,” Director of Athletics Mike Roth said. “GU student-athletes continue to set the bar higher and higher when it comes to their academic success, and make no mistake, many of them are posting athletic successes that have them competing on a national level. And even others are pushing the historical success of their individual programs to new heights. To combine that with the work they are doing in the community, our student-athletes and coaching staffs are showing the nation what is possible.”

Gonzaga is one of only two schools, along with Villanova, to post a top-25 mark in APR and put both its men’s basketball and women’s basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament and reach the Sweet 16 in men’s basketball. Gonzaga men’s basketball posted a 995 mark as a team, 28 points higher than the NCAA average for its sport, while women’s basketball’s perfect 1,000 multi-year average was 18 points higher than the NCAA average.

When compared to West Coast Conference institutions for WCC-sponsored sports, Gonzaga’s 997 score was the highest league multi-year average by seven points, over Santa Clara’s 990. All of the GU programs that compete in the WCC, outscored the league average by at least six points.

Gonzaga also tied for the highest mark in the nation in the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate at 99 percent, in data that was released in Fall 2017, and was third in the nation last week in the percentage of teams receiving the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award at 11 of 15 (73.3 percent).

Instituted in 2004, the Academic Progress Rate (APR) program is a 1,000-point scale representing an institution’s retention and maintenance of their scholarship student-athletes’ academic eligibility and citizenship. APR rates are calculated every semester and are attached not only to institutions, but also to individual head coaches. The NCAA currently uses an APR score of 930 as its cut-off for acceptable retention and graduation of student-athletes; schools falling under that standard may be subject to NCAA penalties ranging from scholarship limits and/or reductions to potential elimination of postseason play opportunities.


Todd Zeidler
Assistant Director of Athletics/Communications • Gonzaga Athletics

sittingon50
05-24-2018, 12:05 PM
:clap:

MDABE80
05-24-2018, 01:12 PM
Amazing and congrats to the kids for being student athletes at a high level. Another attribute to enhance recruiting.

willandi
05-24-2018, 02:40 PM
They didn't mention it, but I wonder if Kelly, Domas and Collins leaving early are what dropped the Men's team down a couple of points?

Angelo Roncalli
05-24-2018, 02:46 PM
They didn't mention it, but I wonder if Kelly, Domas and Collins leaving early are what dropped the Men's team down a couple of points?

I do not believe so, at least as far as the APR is concerned.

Bogozags
05-24-2018, 05:10 PM
WOW! What a tremendous achievement by all the student-athletes!!!

zagcheer78
05-24-2018, 05:46 PM
Congrats to all, great news

sittingon50
05-24-2018, 07:48 PM
They didn't mention it, but I wonder if Kelly, Domas and Collins leaving early are what dropped the Men's team down a couple of points?


Kelly had his degree (Accounting), IIRC.

willandi
05-24-2018, 08:32 PM
Kelly had his degree (Accounting), IIRC.

True, and he was several years ago.

Zagger
05-25-2018, 04:29 AM
Admirable :) Stellar.

CDC84
05-25-2018, 09:50 AM
If a student-athlete leaves early for the NBA draft (or for any other reason), but completes their current semester in good academic standing, it doesn't hurt the program's collective APR. It's why you never see Kentucky on academic probation or anything like that despite sometimes losing 6 or 7 kids to the draft. As long as the kids finish out the semester, it doesn't damage UK's APR.

Part of the reason why the NCAA adopted the APR and chucked the ridiculous federal graduation rates as a way of punishing or evaluating the academic progress of sports programs had to do with a number of reasons:

1) Teams were penalized if a player went the NBA early after his, say, sophomore year, even if he completed the semester in good academic standing and was a dean's list student. Bill Gates left Harvard to start Microsoft. Musicians leave colleges to join orchestras. It's no different. Sports programs shouldn't be penalized for this.

2) The graduation guidelines didn't give you credit for graduating transfers. Remember how Nigel was a first team Academic All American? Under the old guidelines, GU wouldn't have been given credit for graduating him. Same with a juco transfer like JP Batista.

3) If a player transferred from your program, the graduation rates penalized your program. So under the old guidelines, Gonzaga would have been hurt by Ryan Spangler's transfer to OU. He didn't graduate from GU, but he left in good academic standing.

ZagNative
05-25-2018, 11:23 AM
That's really helpful, CDC84. Thanks for taking the time to clarify.

DixieZag
05-25-2018, 12:23 PM
If a student-athlete leaves early for the NBA draft (or for any other reason), but completes their current semester in good academic standing, it doesn't hurt the program's collective APR. It's why you never see Kentucky on academic probation or anything like that despite sometimes losing 6 or 7 kids to the draft. As long as the kids finish out the semester, it doesn't damage UK's APR.

Part of the reason why the NCAA adopted the APR and chucked the ridiculous federal graduation rates as a way of punishing or evaluating the academic progress of sports programs had to do with a number of reasons:

1) Teams were penalized if a player went the NBA early after his, say, sophomore year, even if he completed the semester in good academic standing and was a dean's list student. Bill Gates left Harvard to start Microsoft. Musicians leave colleges to join orchestras. It's no different. Sports programs shouldn't be penalized for this.

2) The graduation guidelines didn't give you credit for graduating transfers. Remember how Nigel was a first team Academic All American? Under the old guidelines, GU wouldn't have been given credit for graduating him. Same with a juco transfer like JP Batista.

3) If a player transferred from your program, the graduation rates penalized your program. So under the old guidelines, Gonzaga would have been hurt by Ryan Spangler's transfer to OU. He didn't graduate from GU, but he left in good academic standing.

Same happens with Dance majors at the bigger programs.

I've always wondered why one can major in dance, music - like piano, but not basketball.

I would have the same core requirements, a great deal of English, a stats class, leadership classes, etc. I'd have no problem with it at all.

Congrats to the Zag program, bc they're also doing it with taking the same difficult core classes that we all took (that's true of Holy Cross and Nova, too, I'm sure).

Another reason to be proud of the Zags and Zag family.

MickMick
05-25-2018, 05:32 PM
It sure is easy to be a fan of this basketball program.

No defending. No explaining. No rationalizing.

Maybe the staff doesn't go after every five star kid for a reason.

ZagsGoZags
05-25-2018, 09:13 PM
Tied for top APR and Graduate Success Rate in the nation:

GU Athletics No. 1 in Nation in APR
Gonzaga student-athletes tied with Holy Cross and Villanova with a 998 mark

INDIANAPOLIS — Gonzaga Athletics combined to post the nation’s best Annual Progress Rate (APR) multi-year average of 998, tying GU with Holy Cross and Villanova for the highest mark, according to data released by the NCAA on Wednesday.

Astoundingly, GU’s 15 APR-eligible teams all posted a perfect 1,000 score for the 2016-17 academic year to continue to boost Athletics’ academic profile nationally. Of those 15 teams, nine have perfect 1,000 scores in the APR’s multi-year average, which is a combined mark of reported data from each of the past four completed academic years. Gonzaga’s best-ever mark of 998 this season is 15 points ahead of the NCAA multi-year average of 983.

“For our student-athletes to achieve at this level is incredible, and we want to thank our faculty, staff and coaches for their support throughout the year as none of this would be possible without them,” Director of Athletics Mike Roth said. “GU student-athletes continue to set the bar higher and higher when it comes to their academic success, and make no mistake, many of them are posting athletic successes that have them competing on a national level. And even others are pushing the historical success of their individual programs to new heights. To combine that with the work they are doing in the community, our student-athletes and coaching staffs are showing the nation what is possible.”

Gonzaga is one of only two schools, along with Villanova, to post a top-25 mark in APR and put both its men’s basketball and women’s basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament and reach the Sweet 16 in men’s basketball. Gonzaga men’s basketball posted a 995 mark as a team, 28 points higher than the NCAA average for its sport, while women’s basketball’s perfect 1,000 multi-year average was 18 points higher than the NCAA average.

When compared to West Coast Conference institutions for WCC-sponsored sports, Gonzaga’s 997 score was the highest league multi-year average by seven points, over Santa Clara’s 990. All of the GU programs that compete in the WCC, outscored the league average by at least six points.

Gonzaga also tied for the highest mark in the nation in the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate at 99 percent, in data that was released in Fall 2017, and was third in the nation last week in the percentage of teams receiving the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award at 11 of 15 (73.3 percent).

Instituted in 2004, the Academic Progress Rate (APR) program is a 1,000-point scale representing an institution’s retention and maintenance of their scholarship student-athletes’ academic eligibility and citizenship. APR rates are calculated every semester and are attached not only to institutions, but also to individual head coaches. The NCAA currently uses an APR score of 930 as its cut-off for acceptable retention and graduation of student-athletes; schools falling under that standard may be subject to NCAA penalties ranging from scholarship limits and/or reductions to potential elimination of postseason play opportunities.


Todd Zeidler
Assistant Director of Athletics/Communications • Gonzaga Athletics

Hi Angelo,
Terrific news. GU is still in the doghouse to a surprising degree over in Western part of the state, though the National Championship game changed it for the better. But where is the link?
My sports buddies over here are not going to believe your word for it, or that I quote you. I want to send them the source you used to get the info. Thanks !!

Zagceo
05-26-2018, 05:42 AM
Hi Angelo,
Terrific news. GU is still in the doghouse to a surprising degree over in Western part of the state, though the National Championship game changed it for the better. But where is the link?
My sports buddies over here are not going to believe your word for it, or that I quote you. I want to send them the source you used to get the info. Thanks !!

Please expand on this doghouse logic?

Tell your friends to try google .....or even bing if they support the local flavor. Teach’em to fish

:rolleyes:l