West Virginia University's combined varsity athletic teams have an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 975 according to data released today by the NCAA.
The APR is based upon eligibility and retention of student-athletes over a four-year period. The NCAA uses the APR as an assessment of real-time academic success.
WVU's average APR score of 975 is up one point from last year's average, up seven points from 2010, up 11 points from 2009 and up 19 points from 2008. WVU's score of 975 is higher than the NCAA's overall four-year APR average score of 973.
For the 2010-11 academic year, West Virginia had three teams with perfect 1,000 scores: gymnastics, rowing and men's soccer.
Any student-athlete receiving athletic aid in a varsity sport can earn up to four points per year for being academically eligible and remaining enrolled in the institution. A team's APR is the total points earned on the roster divided by that squad's total possible points, multiplied by 1,000.
Teams must achieve a 900 multiyear APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to avoid immediate penalties (involving the possible reduction of practice time and access to postseason competition). The current four-year APR scores for WVU's varsity teams (2007-08 to 2010-11): baseball 946; men's basketball 979; women's basketball 981; cross country 996; football 953; gymnastics 995; rifle 992; rowing 971; men's soccer 989; women's soccer 991; men's swimming 960; women's swimming 973; tennis 978; indoor track 989; outdoor track 989; volleyball 973; and wrestling 928.
"I am pleased that our average score continues to climb each year and certainly thrilled that our average score ranks higher than the national average," says Director of Athletics Oliver Luck. "I want to congratulate the gymnastics, rowing and men's soccer teams for their perfect scores in 2010-11. Overall, our teams continue to make good academic progress, and our 975 APR score is strong."
All 17 teams exceeded the 900 four-year score, and no WVU team will receive APR academic penalties from the NCAA.