Men’s Cross Country and Women’s Golf Highlight Eastern’s Latest APR Report

All 14 of Eastern’s varsity sports are well above the minimum threshold, while two receive public recognition awards for a perfect multi-year rate

For the fourth year in a row, the Eastern Washington University men’s cross country team was honored by the NCAA with a Public Recognition Award for posting a perfect Academic Progress Rate of 1,000. But this year, the cross country team was not the only Eastern squad mentioned on the prestigious list. The EWU women’s golf team also garnered a Public Recognition Award for a perfect multi-year rate of 1,000. A total of 11 Big Sky squads received the honor this year, which is given to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport.

“I would like to commend our men’s cross country and women’s golf teams for earning Public Recognition from the NCAA,” says EWU Athletic Director Bill Chaves. “All of our student-athletes, coaches, and academic advisors worked hard on achieving high APR numbers and these two programs are a product of that hard work.”

Eastern’s remaining 12 varsity sports also fared well in the latest APR report, which was released Wednesday (June 20) by the NCAA. With exception of men’s cross country, who had no room for improvement, and women’s soccer, who posted an identical score to last year, every EWU team improved upon their APR from the 2011 report.

APR is an annual scorecard used by the NCAA to track the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team. The score measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.

Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face sanctions, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice. Eastern received no such sanctions, as all 14 varsity sports had scores above 925.

Eastern’s Sport-by-Sport Multi-Year APR Scores

Men's Sports    
Cross County   1,000
Outdoor Track & Field   968
Indoor Track & Field   962
Tennis   957
Football   945
Basketball   928
Women's Sports    
Golf   1,000
Tennis   991
Cross Country   987
Volleyball   985
Basketball   977
Soccer   965
Indoor Track & Field   958
Outdoor Track & Field   958

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