LARAMIE — All of the University of Wyoming’s sports programs are in good standing with the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate according to the latest data released Wednesday.
Eleven sports received scores of 970 or higher. A perfect APR score is 1,000. The NCAA benchmark is 930. Sports that score lower than that are subject to penalties that include a loss of scholarships and a ban from postseason play.
The APR four-year averages are based on the retention rate of scholarship student-athletes and the academic eligibility of scholarship student-athletes. The most recent multiyear period measured was from the 2013-14 through the 2016-17 academic years.
The APR is calculated by:
-- Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible.
-- A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s APR.
In addition to a team’s current-year APR, its rolling four-year APR is also used to determine accountability.
Earlier this month, the UW men’s and women’s golf and women’s tennis programs were recognized for perfect scores of 1,000. It was the sixth consecutive year that men’s golf recorded a perfect score, and the fourth straight year for tennis.
Other UW sports that achieved all-time high APR scores were men’s basketball (966) and women’s basketball (996).
“We have made it a priority amongst our coaches, student-athletes and staff that we want to be a leader in APR success,” UW athletics director Tom Burman said in a news release from the school.
“Having student-athletes have a successful academic experience here at the University of Wyoming is central to our mission. The APR measures both academic performance and retention of our student-athletes. We are extremely proud of our student-athletes’ achievements, and I want to recognize them, our coaches and our academic support staff for all their efforts in pursuing academic excellence.”
Below is a list of APR scores for all UW sports:
-- Football: 959
-- Men’s basketball: 966
-- Men’s cross-country: 972
-- Men’s golf: 1,000
-- Men’s swimming and diving: 990
-- Men’s track and field: 966
-- Wrestling: 964
-- Women’s basketball: 996
-- Women’s cross-country: 979
-- Women’s golf: 1,000
-- Women’s soccer: 975
-- Women’s swimming and diving: 990
-- Women’s tennis: 1,000
-- Women’s track and field: 990
-- Women’s volleyball: 990
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