May 8, 2008
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The West Coast Conference was once again among the nation's best in the classroom as the NCAA released it's sport-by-sport Academic Progress Rate (APR) report. As a conference, the WCC ranked fourth in the nation, trailing only the Ivy League, the Patriot League, and the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"The schools within the WCC have always prided themselves on achieving athletic success, while maintaining academic excellence," said WCC Commissioner Michael Gilleran. "The APR report reaffirms the strong commitment to academics from the student-athletes, faculty, and staff at our member institutions."
Seven of the WCC's 13 sponsored sports earned top 10 APR rankings. The WCC once again proved to be one of the premier women's soccer conferences in the country on and off the field as the league ranked second in the nation in women's soccer APR with a score of 984.4 out of a possible 1,000 points.
Also earning top 10 APRs were Men's Soccer (4th), Men's Cross Country (5th), Women's Basketball (5th), Men's Basketball (6th), Men's Golf (6th), and Women's Volleyball (9th). In addition, 11 of the WCC's 13 sports earned higher APR marks than the national average.
The APR, in its fourth year, is an annual assessment of each team's academic and retention history. The APR awards two points each term to student-athletes who meet academic-eligibility standards and who remain with the institution. A team's APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible. The 2007-08 APR rates mark the first year that the report is 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.