June 9, 2010
KINGSTON, R.I. -- The University of Rhode Island had six teams place in the top half of Division I in their respective sports in the NCAA's Multi-Year Academic Progress Rate (APR). Rhode Island also had seven teams score a perfect 1000 in the 2008-09 APR - the most recent year tabulated by the NCAA.
This past May, two of Rhody's teams - men's and women's cross country - were awarded Public Recognition Awards for ranking in the top 10 percent of all squads at the NCAA Division I level.
Football, golf, women's soccer, softball, women's tennis, and volleyball all finished in the top half of all NCAA Division I schools within their multi-year APR scores among their sport.
Men's basketball, women's basketball, women's cross country, rowing, women's soccer, women's swimming, and women's tennis achieved a perfect APR score of 1,000 for the 2008-09 academic year.
The APR measures the eligibility, retention and graduation rates of student athletes competing in every Division I sport and also serves as a predictor of graduation success. The most recent report, released on June 9, is based on NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) data submitted by each institution for the 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, and 2008-09 academic years.
Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. The Academic Progress Rate is a real-time measure of eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team, which has been shown to predict later graduation success.
The APR report examines all sports programs and evaluates them in terms of academic progress toward degree completion and graduation. Individual sports are ranked on a 1,000-point scale with 925 being the cut-off score and 1,000 being a perfect score.
At the conference level, the Atlantic 10 had 21 sports surpass the national average. The A-10 ranked third out of 31 Division I conferences in men's and women's outdoor track & field, men's tennis and women's swimming & diving, and fourth among conferences in baseball, men's swimming & diving and women's rowing. In addition, the A-10 improved to sixth in field hockey and tenth in women's lacrosse, respectively, after falling just shy of meeting the national conference average a year ago.