Athletics News

GW Has 11 Programs With Perfect APR Scores for 2008-09

June 10, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC - The NCAA released the Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) public report Wednesday that revealed that GW has 11 teams with perfect APR scores of 1,000 for the 2008-09 academic year. Those teams are baseball, women's cross country, men's golf, gymnastics, women's lacrosse, men's soccer, women's soccer, women's swimming, men's tennis, women's tennis and volleyball.

Five programs also achieved perfect 1,000 multiyear APR scores for the combined 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, and 2008-09 academic years. Those sports are men's soccer, men's tennis, gymnastics, women's rowing and women's tennis. Those five programs earned the NCAA's public recognition award on May 13. The public recognition awards are part of the overall Division I academic reform effort.

"I'm very proud of the work done by the student-athletes, coaches and support staff that have contributed to these outstanding APR scores," GW Director of Athletics, Jack Kvancz said. "To have 11 teams with perfect APR scores for 2008-09, and another five teams with perfect multiyear APRs, is a testament to our strong commitment to academics and is a phenomenal accomplishment."

"The Academic Progress Rate is an important indicator of the academic performance of a university's student-athletes," said GW's Faculty Athletics Representative, Craig W. Linebaugh. "Eleven of GW's 19 intercollegiate sports teams achieving a perfect APR of 1,000 is a great testimony to the commitment of our student-athletes to excellence in their academic, as well as their athletic, endeavors. On behalf of the GW faculty, I am pleased to extend our congratulations to these outstanding students." The NCAA presently calculates APR scores for 19 of GW's 22 varsity athletic programs.

The Atlantic 10 Conference 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 10th in women's lacrosse, respectively.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.