Men’s Cross Country continues to excel in classroom, earning its third-straight public recognition award
Leading the way for Eastern Washington University in the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) report was the men’s cross country team, which earned a perfect APR score of 1,000 for the third-consecutive year.
The most recent APR report, released Tuesday (May 24) by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, is based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2009-10, 2008-09, 2007-08 and 2006-07 academic years.
Teams that score in the top 10 percent in each sport are honored with a Public Recognition Award, which EWU cross country has now received in back-to-back-to-back years. The men’s cross country squad was one of only five teams in the Big Sky honored with a Public Recognition Award, and one of only four teams in the conference to earn a perfect 1,000.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success by measuring eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes. As part of an overall academic-reform effort, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors set cutlines of 925 and 900 (out of 1,000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face possible immediate and historical penalties that could include scholarship reduction, practice restrictions or a ban from championship participation. An APR of 925 currently predicts an approximately 50 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR), while an APR of 900 currently predicts an approximately 40 percent GSR.
Eastern faced no such penalties this year, as 12 of its 14 varsity sports recorded scores higher than the national threshold of 925, while the remaining two were above 900.
Seven of EWU’s teams improved upon its APR score from the 2008-09 report, and four stayed exactly the same, including cross country, which had no room for improvement with its perfect 1,000.
“Our student-athletes continue to do a great job in the classroom,” said EWU Athletics Director Bill Chaves. “In addition, our coaches and staff should be commended for their tremendous work in upholding the importance of academics.”
Other high-performing EWU teams included women’s golf (990), women’s tennis (984), volleyball (983), soccer (965) and football (935), which recorded a nine-point improvement from last year’s report.
Eastern’s Sport-by-Sport Multi-Year APR Scores