EWU Men's Cross Country Honored by NCAA for APR Score

April 22, 2009

The Eastern Washington University men’s cross country program was honored Wednesday (April 22) by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for a perfect multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 1,000.

Just 767 NCAA Division I sports teams were honored, including only two from the Big Sky Conference. Sacramento State’s women’s basketball team was the other.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete.  The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation, and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.  

Men’s cross country was honored for having a multi-year APR score in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sport. The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years.

The public-recognition awards are part of the overall Division I academic-reform effort. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 976 to a perfect 1,000 over the data collection period.

The next round of multi-year APR scores for all Division I sports teams will be announced May 6.


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