Arizona State University
Sun Devil Athletics Once Again Records All-Time High Four-Year APR Score
TEMPE, Ariz. – As announced by the NCAA Wednesday, Arizona State University once again recorded the department’s highest four-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) average of 992 over a four-year period (2013-14 to 2016-17). ASU’s score is second in the Pac-12 only to Stanford.
ASU’s single year overall APR score for 2016-17 is 988.
“I’m extremely proud of the continuous upward improvement and all-time high of our multi-year APR score as an athletics department,” said Vice President for University Athletics Ray Anderson. “We continue to improve academically because of the hard work led by our Office of Student-Athlete Development as well as by our coaches, staff, faculty, and sport administrators. Our goal as a department is to give Sun Devil student-athletes the greatest chance to excel athletically and academically.”
Sun Devil women’s tennis records a perfect 1000 once again and has done so in every year of the program, the only team in the sport among the Division I Power Five conferences to do so.
Among multiyear rates, football records an all-time high (975) while men’s golf and volleyball record their fourth and fifth straight perfect (1000) rates. Women’s golf and women’s gymnastics record their second years at a perfect 1000 while beach volleyball records a 1000 for the second straight season in their second year of reporting as a sport.
17 of 21 teams that report APR data earned a 1000 (100 percent) APR single year score for 2016-17 while seven of those had a perfect 1000 for the entire four-year reporting window.
Six Sun Devil teams – men’s golf, women’s golf, gymnastics, beach volleyball, women’s tennis, and volleyball – earned a place in the top-10 percent as announced last week, all recording a perfect 1000. Volleyball earns its fifth consecutive top-10 recognition while men’s golf earns it’s fourth. Six teams named is good for second in the Pac-12.
“Each year, Sun Devil Athletics focuses on three primary metrics – Graduation Success Rate (GSR), Grade Point Average (GPA) and Academic Progress Rate (APR),” said Jean Boyd, Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director. “Our student-athletes continue to perform at all-time high clips in APR with an average score of 992 (or 99.2%) for all teams. This ranks as second to only Stanford in the prestigious Pac-12 Conference. Special recognition goes to Associate Athletic Director Andrea Lore as the Office of Student-Athlete Development lead. She and her staff, along with our coaches, spearhead this outstanding effort.”
Since the beginning of APR measurement in 2003-04, ASU’s average for all sports has increased from 937.
APR tracks the academic progress of each student-athlete, including eligibility, retention, and graduation in the calculation, and provides a clear picture of the current academic culture for each sport as well as department-wide. In 2014, the NCAA Board of Directors implemented a cut score of 930, below which teams will be penalized with loss of postseason competition.
Information provided by ASU Athletics