Arkansas’ intercollegiate sports programs have once again proven to be APR Strong.
For the fourth straight year, all 19 of the Razorback men’s and women’s sports programs exceeded the benchmark of 930.
In fact, 15 of the 19 programs – led by the women’s golf team’s perfect score of 1000 - exceeded that mark by at least 20 points and the overall average was 973.2, the fifth straight year Arkansas’ average has been over 970
“Our APR performance continues to reflect the progress we have made academically and our continued focus on graduation,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “All 19 of our programs are well above the APR benchmark. Several programs, including football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball, have made significant improvements on their multiyear rates in just the last few years.
“That is a credit to our coaches, our Office of Student-Athlete Success staff, but most of all to the young men and women who are committed to their own personal development athletically, academically and socially.
“We will continue to work each and every day to provide our student-athletes with the resources and, most importantly, the opportunities for them to succeed in all aspects of their student-athlete experience.”
The APR is based on academic eligibility and retention of student-athletes in each athletic program. This report’s multiyear scores are based on the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.
Football had a score of 952, which is the highest the program has had since the APR was implemented and topped the previous record of 938 set in 2011-12 and matched in 201
Earlier this year, football led all SEC schools and set a program record with 40 members on the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. Arkansas also led the league in overall academic honor roll selections in SEC sponsored sports with 90 student-athletes.
All four of Arkansas’ senior basketball players have graduated already or will graduate this spring.
Men’s basketball exceeded the benchmark for the fourth year in a row with a 954, which is the second-highest multi-year rate ever and an improvement of 68 points from there the score was six years ago.
Baseball's score was 944.
The top scores were recorded by women’s golf (1000), women’s gymnastics (995), women’s volleyball (995), men’s tennis (994) and women’s swimming and diving (993).
In 2015-16, a total of 102 Razorback student-athletes graduated in the fall or are on target to be eligible to participate in commencement ceremonies this spring.
Arkansas has averaged 100 graduates per year in each of the past two years.
Last fall, Razorback student-athletes combined to record a program-record cumulative GPA of 3.25.