June 9, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS (NCAA/SMU) - The NCAA released the latest round of Academic Progress Rates on Wednesday, and each of SMU's 16 teams exceeded the NCAA's APR requirements for the multi-year average. In addition, four teams - men's golf, cross country, women's swimming and women's tennis scored perfect 1,000s for the 2008-09 seasons.
This year marks the sixth year of APR data for most teams. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years.
Thirteen of the Mustang programs scored above 950 for the four-year span - men's basketball (953), men's soccer (964), men's tennis (982), women's basketball (955), women's cross country (986), rowing (977), women's golf (991), women's soccer (956), women's swimming (984), women's tennis (969), women's indoor track (976), women's outdoor track (976) and volleyball (962) - and two more - football (947) and men's swimming (948) were on the cusp of that mark.
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.
Complete breakdown of SMU's APR