PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State Athletics has won its appeal of NCAA penalties handed down to the Cougar volleyball program earlier this summer and the penalties rescinded, allowing the team to begin the 2014 season with no sanctions.
The NCAA had placed a Level One penalty on the volleyball program for not meeting a four-year APR benchmark of 930 when the Academic Progress Rate (APR) data was released last May. The Cougars most recent four-year APR score was a 929. The penalty initially resulted in a loss of four practice hours per week but following the successful appeal, the Cougars will be at the maximum 20 hours per week.
“This is great news for our program, which continues to improve in all facets,” said WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny. “We were able to show the tremendous academic improvement this program has made in the past three years, and continues to make, and obviously the NCAA agreed.”
In terms of APR, WSU has shown great improvement in recent years. In Greeny’s first three full years the team’s APR scores have been 939 in 2011-12, a perfect 1,000 in 2012-13 and is projected to be 1,000 for the 2013-14 academic year (exact number to be released by NCAA in May 2015). Compare that with the previous three years when the APR score went down each year, from 957 in 2008-09 to 935 in 2009-10 to a program-low 837 in 2010-11. The latter number cemented by the time Greeny took control of the program in late spring of 2011.
The APR is an annual assessment of each team's academic and retention history. The overall APR score is based on the most recent four years of data (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13). Every year thereafter, the most current year's data will be added and the oldest year of data will be removed, creating a four-year rolling rate. WSU’s most recent four-year APR score will rise dramatically over the next two years as scores of 935 and 837, both occurring under the prior coaching staff, are replaced with scores projected to be well above those.