INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA released its 2012-13 Academic Progress Rate (APR) figures and nine of Washington State University's intercollegiate athletic programs posted perfect single-year APR scores, it was announced Wednesday.
“I am very appreciative and proud of our student-athletes, coaches and staff for their continued dedication and efforts in reaching for academic success, and the most recent NCAA data fully supports their hard work,” said WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos. “They place their academic pursuits on par with their athletic endeavors and I continue to be pleased at what they are able to accomplish and how well they represent this fine university.”
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.
“The overall academic performance of our student-athletes is indeed remarkable,” said WSU Faculty Athletic Representative Ken Casavant. “Their hard work, under trying workloads, results in this solid performance. I commend our student-athletes and their coaches for their commitment to academic success.”
The WSU football team recorded a four-year average score of 944, an improvement from last year's score of 942, and meeting the NCAA's 930 standard. The single-year score of 963 eclipsed last year’s mark of 960, which was the highest one-year total since posting a 955 for 2004-05.
The highest multi-year APR score at WSU was earned by the women’s basketball team, which recorded a perfect score of 1,000 and was recognized last year by the NCAA as being among the top 10 percent among all programs nationally. Women’s cross country was close behind with a four-year score of 991, while women’s golf was at 981. Other women’s programs include rowing (978), outdoor track (978), indoor track (975), tennis (975), swimming (972), soccer (971) and volleyball (929).
The volleyball team is not subject to postseason penalties due to the team’s demonstrated academic improvement in recent years. The team has shown significant improvement from a single-year score of 837 in 2010-11, the year before the current staff came on board. Since that time women’s volleyball has posted single-year scores of 939 in 2011-12 and a perfect single-year score of 1,000 for 2012-13.
On the men's side golf led the way with an average four-year score of 986, followed by baseball (968), outdoor track (957), indoor track (954), cross country (953) and basketball (938).
In addition to volleyball, those programs recording perfect single-year scores (2012-13) of 1,000 include women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, rowing, swimming and tennis.