June 20, 2012
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 Wednesday. As APR trends continued to rise across the board, the WCC has consistently remained above the national averages. For the fourth consecutive year, at least 11 of the West Coast Conference's 13 sponsored sports earned APRs equal to, or higher than, the national averages. In all, 18 teams from WCC institutions registered a perfect APR score of 1,000 - up from 11 in last year's report.
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, 11 programs from WCC institutions were honored with NCAA Public Recognition awards.
"I would like to congratulate all of our West Coast Conference member institutions, student-athletes, coaches, administrators and faculty on our continued, significant 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 961, compared to the NCAA average of 950. Last year, the WCC men's basketball programs averaged a 947 - also higher than the NCAA average. In overall men's basketball APR, the West Coast Conference ranked fifth nationally, and second among non-football conferences.
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.
For the third consecutive year, the WCC leads the nation in fewest "0-for-2" cases, defined as student-athletes who leave school academically ineligible and therefore do not earn either point in the APR calculation.