June 6, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS (NCAA/SMU) - The NCAA released the latest round of Academic Progress Rates on Tuesday, and six SMU programs - men's and women's golf, men's and women's swimming, women's tennis and volleyball - scored perfect 1,000s for the 2011-12 academic year. That number represents a 50% increase from 2010-11, when four teams scored 1,000s. Overall, all of SMU's teams met the NCAA requirements.
In addition, eight of the Mustang programs scored above 980 for the four-year span - men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming, women's tennis and volleyball.
This year marks the ninth year of APR data for most teams. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.
The SMU women's basketball program fell below 930, scoring a 928, but is not subject to any penalties. SMU has created an APR Improvement Plan for the program and expects that number to rise in the coming year.
To see all of SMU's APR scores, click here.
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.