May 25, 2011
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- West Coast Conference schools continue to exemplify the balance of athletics and academics in the latest NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) report, released on Tuesday. As APR trends continued to rise across the board, the WCC has consistently remained above the national averages. For the third consecutive year, 12 of the WCC's 13 sponsored sports earned APRs equal to, or higher than, the national averages.
Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face penalties, such as scholarship reductions. Rates are based on the past four years' performance.
"Congratulations to all of our West Coast Conference member institutions, student-athletes, coaches, administrators and faculty on our continued, significant APR performance," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "These numbers affirm our conference-wide commitment to academic success for our student-athletes."
Last week, the NCAA announced the Public Recognition awards, naming 15 programs from WCC institutions among the 909 that were honored.
In the West Coast Conference's premier sport, men's basketball, the WCC showed significant improvement with an average APR score of 963, compared to the NCAA average of 959. Last year, the WCC men's basketball programs averaged a 941 - also higher than the NCAA average.
The APR provides a real-time view of a team's academic success by tracking the progress of each student-athlete during the school year. By measuring eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.