June 11, 2013

Islanders Post Strong Showing in Latest APR Figures

CORPUS CHRISTI – Texas A&M – Corpus Christi’s intercollegiate athletics programs performed well in the latest release of the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate, the organization announced today. Thirteen of the 14 Islanders programs posted a four-year APR of 932 or better in the latest data set, which encompasses retention and eligibility data for the academic years between 2008-09 and 2011-12.

“Our coaches and student-athletes have done a tremendous job in the classroom over the last several years,” Director of Athletics Scott Lazenby said. “We need to continue to be diligent in our pursuit of academic success, but this year’s report is one I’m very pleased with.”

The lone program with a multi-year APR below 932 was the Islanders men’s basketball team, which saw its multi-year APR improve from 887 a year ago to 911 in the latest data. The team saw a strong performance for the 2011-12 school year, posting an APR rating of 957 for the first season of the Willis Wilson era.

“We were confident when we had the penalties last year that it was an isolated occurrence and that we’d be back to a strong level for this year,” Lazenby said. “Coach Wilson and his staff have been outstanding in developing players that are not just talented on the basketball court, but have a strong sense of character that leads to scholastic achievement in the classroom.”

In addition to the women’s golf team, which was recognized for being among the top 10 percent of its sport last week, several other teams had strong performances. Softball (981), women’s basketball (964), men’s tennis (963), women’s cross country (958) and baseball (950) all posted four-year APR scores of 950 or better. The softball and golf teams both registered perfect APR scores for the 2011-12 academic year.

The Association holds Division I institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through the Academic Progress Rate, a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete, each term. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-2012 academic years.

Beginning with 2012-13 championships, teams must earn a minimum 900 four-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to be eligible to participate. For 2014-15 championships, teams must earn a 930 four-year average APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years to participate in championships. In 2015-16 and beyond, teams must earn a four-year APR of 930 to compete in championships.