May 14, 2014
CINCINNATI - Continuing its recent trend, the University of Cincinnati athletics department showed improved multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR) highlighted by 14 programs achieving a perfect score of 1,000 during the 2012-13 academic year. The NCAA released the multi-year rates for all Division I institutions on Wednesday, covering the period from 2009-10 through 2012-13.
"Our coaches are recruiting quality athletes to represent our outstanding institution and we are extremely proud of our academic staff's exemplary initiatives to produce historically high results," said Director of Athletics Mike Bohn. "Continued academic excellence is one of the pillars for our department. Our academic support services programming and staff continue to provide lifelong benefits for our student-athletes in building marketable leaders."
The APR is a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete, each term, at every Division I institution. Starting with the 2014-15 championships, teams are required to earn a four-year rate of 930, or a 940 average of the most recent two years, to compete in NCAA postseason play.
LINK: NCAA APR Database
During the four-year span, UC saw the number of programs achieving a perfect score of 1,000 increase from four in the first year of the reporting period to 14 of 19 varsity programs in the final year, with the department's overall score increasing each of the past four years to an average of 985 in 2012-13. For the entire four-year period, the department averaged a score of 975. In addition, none of the University's programs will be subject to any postseason penalties from the NCAA.
Last week, the women's tennis program was recognized by the NCAA for its perfect score of 1,000 placing it among the top-10 percent nationally. The tennis team achieved a perfect score in each of the four years during the current reporting period. The department saw seven programs (men's cross country, women's cross country, men's golf, women's golf, men's swimming, tennis and men's outdoor track) post a perfect score in three of the four years during the period.
In addition to the overall department score increasing, the number of teams with a perfect score annually has increased during the four years. The final year of the four-year period, 2012-13, saw baseball, men's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, lacrosse, men's soccer, men's and women's swimming and diving, women's tennis, men's indoor and outdoor track and volleyball all achieve a perfect 1,000.