Baylor Programs Elevate NCAA APR Scores

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Twelve Cavaliers sports had flawless single-year scores: the five with 1,000 multi-year scores, plus men's golf, men's soccer, wrestling, field hockey, women's lacrosse, women' soccer and women's swimming and diving.

The NCAA's most recent Academic Progress Report shows the four-year average in Division I was 981, two points higher than last year. It was the 12th consecutive award for the golf team, which has had a flawless score of 1,000 every year. Its single-year score of 991 and multiyear score of 992 were among the best in the nation.

Those programs include both the women's lacrosse and men's basketball championship teams.

In addition to football, women's basketball (+26) women's tennis (+19), baseball (+10), women's cross country (+10) and women's track and field (+10) also saw double-digit point improvements in April multiyear rates.

Twelve of UH Mānoa's 18 sports posted multi-year scores of 970 or higher while five teams recorded flawless single-year scores of 1,000 during the 2015-16 year.

The women's basketball program's multiyear score of 949 was the lowest among USC's 21 teams and 31 points below the national average.

The football (980), men's tennis (986), men's golf (984), rowing (989), men's swimming and diving (989), and the women's indoor and outdoor track and field teams (982) were among the teams that posted scores of 980 or better. The program was recognized for being in the top 10 percent in April scores in men's basketball. Both Cowboy Golf and Cowgirl Tennis posted flawless four-year scores of 1,000.

In addition to a team's current-year April, its rolling four-year April is also used to determine accountability. "The vast majority of our teams are well ahead of the national average for their sports. Our academic counseling staff does an excellent job of providing our student-athletes with the tools they need to succeed in college, and the faculty and staff, who teach and provide a wealth of other services to our student-athletes, are extremely valuable in helping our young people reach their academic goals".

Additionally, 15 U-M athletic teams recorded flawless 2015-16 academic year scores following 16 ideal scores last year, 24 in 2013-14 and 13 in 2012-13. Twenty-one of the 22 squads - most in school history - exceeded or equaled the national average for public universities in their sports and, for the first time in school history, every Wildcat team scored at least 958. The Sooners' men's and women's gymnastics teams again won NCAA titles last month. "Our APR numbers are a reflection of their efforts as well as those of our coaches and academic support staff". The score is essentially a calculation of if schools are keeping their scholarship athletes enrolled in school and academically eligible to compete. In order to compete in the 2017-18 postseason, teams must achieve a 930 four-year April. A team's April is the total number of eligibility/retention points earned divided by the maximum number of points possible.

Teams need to score 930 or higher or risk a postseason ban or practice restrictions.