June 11, 2013
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. 27 teams from WCC institutions registered a perfect APR score of 1,000 - up from 18 in last year's report and 11 the year prior.
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.
Last week, 19 programs from WCC institutions were honored with NCAA Public Recognition awards (up from 11 last year) for being in the top 10% of their sport for multi-year APR.
"Congratulations to all of our West Coast Conference member institutions, student-athletes, coaches, administrators and faculty on our continued, annual APR improvement," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "These APR numbers affirm our conference-wide commitment to academic success for our student-athletes."
In the West Coast Conference's premier sport, men's basketball, the WCC showed significant improvement with an average APR score of 968, compared to the NCAA average of 952. Last year, the WCC men's basketball programs averaged a 961 - also higher than the NCAA average. In overall men's basketball APR, the West Coast Conference ranked fifth nationally.
Overall, the West Coast Conference ranked sixth among all Division I conferences and third amongst non-football conferences in 2011-12 - the most recent year for which data is available. Three West Coast Conference sports posted an average APR of 991: women's cross country, women's golf, and women's volleyball.
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.