May 7, 2009
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The NCAA announced the latest Academic Progress Rates (APR) for all sports teams at Division I colleges and universities earlier today. The West Coast Conference proved to be one of the top conferences in the nation, with 12 of its 13 sponsored sports earning APRs higher than the 2008-09 national averages, an improvement from last year's 11.
Six of the WCC's 13 sponsored sports landed in the top 10 APR list for its own sport, as men's soccer, women's soccer and women's rowing ranked fifth out of the 31 conference across the country. The other three sports were men's golf (6), women's basketball (6) and women's volleyball (7).
"I would like to congratulate all the West Coast Conference student-athletes, faculty, coaches and staff who contributed to our APR success," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "The APR report reaffirms our conference-wide commitment to academic achievement and athletic success as complimentary goals, which is consistent with the educational missions of our member institutions."
Men's golf, men's soccer, women's basketball, women's crew and women's soccer all improved upon last year's national averages. In addition, as APR trends continued to increase in both men's basketball and baseball, the WCC has consistently remained above the national averages in both those sports.
The APR, now in its fifth year, is a metric established by the NCAA to assess NCAA-sponsored teams' ability to move student-athletes towards graduation. It is based on eligibility and retention, and collegiate sports teams that fail to achieve an APR equivalent to or above 925 may be penalized with the loss of scholarships.
The 2007-08 APR rates marked the first year that the report was based on four years of data. Every year thereafter, the most current year's data will be added and the oldest year of data will be removed, creating a four-year rolling rate.
Since the APR system was established, programs have been looking up, as APRs among conferences have been improving nationwide.