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West Coast Conference Teams Continue to Out-Perform National Academic Averages

June 17, 2014

| WCC 2013-14: A Look Back | WCC Annual Report

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. As APR trends continued to rise across the board, the WCC has consistently remained above the national averages.

No fewer than 37 West Coast Conference teams posted a perfect APR score of 1,000, continuing a trend of success from member institutions. Last season 27 teams registered a perfect APR score. In 2011-12 18 achieved a perfect score while 11 accomplished the feat in 2010-11.

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.

Twenty programs from West Coast Conference institutions were honored with NCAA Public Recognition awards (up from 19 last year and 11 in 2011-12) for being in the top 10% of their sport for multi-year APR.

In the West Coast Conference's premier sport, men's basketball, the WCC posted an average APR score of 966, compared to the NCAA average of 952. Last year, the WCC men's basketball programs averaged a 968 - also higher than the NCAA average. In overall men's basketball APR, the West Coast Conference ranked seventh nationally.

Overall, the West Coast Conference ranked 10th among all Division I conferences and fifth amongst non-football conferences in 2012-13 - the most recent year for which data is available. West Coast Conference sports programs posted an APR at or above the national average in 10 of the 15 NCAA-sponsored sports.

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.