Georgia Tech’s football and men’s basketball teams posted the biggest improvements in APR scores in information released on Wednesday.
The APR, or Academic Progress Report, measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of athletes on every Division I team in all sports. It is designed to serve as a predictor of future graduation success. The APR scores released are four-year rates based on the 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years.
The football team’s score increased for the third consecutive year, reaching 993, the fourth-highest score nationally and tops in the conference, according to the ACC. The team’s multi-year average of 967 is tied for the third-best score among ACC teams, behind Duke and Miami.
The ACC led all conferences for the fourth straight year in APR (962.4 avg.). Seven ACC schools were ranked in the Top 32 including Clemson (tied for 11th with Vanderbilt, 982). Additionally, Duke (19th, 976), Wake Forest (23rd, 974), Virginia (28th, 972), Boston College (971, 30th) and Miami (32nd, 969) were ranked in the Top 32.
Using the four-year APR numbers, the ACC still finished first for the fourth straight year (955.5) with Duke ranked 5th (983) nationally and Miami 6th (978). Tech ranks behind Georgia (973) in football, but not far, as they are tied with Boston College and Clemson for 23rd place despite a coaching change which always hurts your retention factor in the APR. Using the four-year numbers 7 ACC schools are ranked in the Top 34 including Wake Forest (28th, 966) and North Carolina (947, 34th)
The men’s basketball team’s score was 953, an improvement of 113 points from last year, when it was penalized with the loss of two scholarships. That penalty was served during the 2008-09 season. Its multi-year average of 908 is last among ACC schools. Because it didn’t have a player who left school and was ineligible, the team wasn’t penalized.
“To see our overall scores improve for a third straight year is very encouraging,” Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich said in a statment. “It’s a tribute to our student-athletes, coaches and staff.
“At the same time, we will continue to strive to raise our numbers each and every year.”
Four teams – golf, volleyball and men’s and women’s cross-country – had perfect scores of 1,000. Baseball (989) was also recognized for ranking in the top 10 percent of its sport nationally.
No Tech team was penalized.
Here are Tech’s scores for the past three years:
Multi-Year APR 2006-07/ 2007-08/2008-09
Men’s Cross Country/950/974/*1000
Men’s Indoor Track/951/955/962
Men’s Outdoor Track/949/953/962
Women’s Cross Country/993/993/*1000
Women’s Indoor Track/988/986/982
Women’s Outdoor Track/990/988/984
*Earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards by finishing in the top 10 percent nationally within that sport.
Football multi-year scores
Men’s basketball multi-year scores