May 2, 2007

SMU student-athletes shine in NCAA APR report

All SMU teams exceed APR requirements

INDIANAPOLIS (NCAA/SMU) — The NCAA released three-year Academic Progress Rates on Wednesday, and the SMU women's golf program was awarded an NCAA Public Recognition Award for ranking in the top 10 percent of NCAA teams in its respective sport. Overall, each of SMU's 16 teams exceeded the NCAA's APR requirements for the 2005-06 academic year as well as the multi-year average.

For the three-year period, SMU's women's golf program scored a perfect 1,000 on the APR, while two more teams - men's and women's tennis - were perfect for the 2005-06 season. Eleven of the Mustang programs scored above 970 for the three-year span - men's swimming (989), men's tennis (973), women's cross country (980), rowing (978), women's golf (1,000), women's soccer (978), women's swimming (974), women's tennis (979), women's indoor track (977), women's outdoor track (977) and volleyball (971).

The APR uses a system based on eligibility and retention. Every student-athlete can earn two points each term: one for eligibility and one for returning to school. If a student-athlete maintains eligibility for the next semester and returns, the team he or she plays for gets two points (2/2). If a student-athlete is eligible but leaves school, the school loses one point (1/2). If a student-athlete loses eligibility and also leaves school, the school loses two points (0/2).

Every student-athlete's score is added up and divided by the maximum number of points attainable to come up with a team total and APR. While the NCAA will eventually require a four-year average score for each sport, the multi-year average only includes the 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 academic years. Only schools that fall under a multi-year threshold of 925 or single-year marks of 900 would be subject to penalties.

"We continue to be extremely proud of the academic successes of our student-athletes," said SMU Director of Athletics Steve Orsini. "Our top-25 standard for SMU Athletics extends to academic success. Having all of our teams exceed the NCAA's APR requirements with 11 scoring above 970 shows our dedication to academic achievement. This is a tribute to our student-athletes, coaches and SMU's academic support staff."

See the NCAA Division I Academic Rate Progress Report (pdf).

Read the reaction of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics to the report.

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