UPDATED 6:23 PM: Sonny Dykes addresses the football team's APR. See italics below.
The latest Academic Progress Rate numbers are in, released by the NCAA on Wednesday, and a vast majority of California athletic teams continue to show improvement.
The men's and women's tennis teams, and women's gymnastics team earned four-year APR scores of 1,000 -- perfect. 10 teams posted one-year APR scores of 1,000 for the 2013-14 academic year -- baseball, women's cross country, women's golf, men's and women's gym, women's lacrosse, women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, and men's water polo. That's up from eight in 2012-13, and five in 2011-12.
Every Cal team has surpassed NCAA requirements for four-year APR scores, with 25 of 27 measured teams above 945 for the second year in a row.
16 programs are at or above 975, and eight posted scores of at least 985. Crew and rugby are not tabulated, as they are not NCAA sports. Same with sand volleyball.
Teams must produce a multi-year score of 930 or higher, or risk losing eligibility to compete in NCAA postseason championships.
Sonny Dykes's football team saw its four-year APR climb three points to 941, rising for the second straight year after a period of sub-par results (though still last in the Pac-12). The team's one-year rate dipped from 969 in 2012-13 to 946 in 2013-14, which can be attributed to the mass exodus of players – recruited by Jeff Tedford -- leaving to go pro following the 2013 season -- Dykes's first.
“Although we are observing significant progress with our football team’s APR scores, it doesn’t always manifest itself in a smooth line from year to year,” athletic director Mike Williams said. “We’ve already seen improvement and are clearly on an upward trajectory. We expect that the four-year average will jump considerably in the spring of 2016 when the next round of APR scores are announced, given our anticipated results from this academic year and the fact the program will be dropping a 923 one-year average from 2010-11.”
Dykes issued a comment to BearTerritory addressing his team's APR scores:
"Turning around our APR scores is a lengthy and complex multi-year process that is very important to us," Dykes said. "We address its importance with our student-athletes on a regular and consistent basis. We have made tremendous progress in fixing the APR situation and expect to take a significant leap in both the single- and multi-year APR scores when they are released a year from now, reflecting what we have been able to accomplish over the last academic year."
Among other teams, the men’s basketball program saw a 15-point jump in its four-year APR from 939 to 954. Baseball, up 14 points to 988, and men’s gymnastics, up 22 points to 983, also saw big increases in their four-year APRs.
“We believe we are putting the right support systems in place to work with our student-athletes across the board to ensure their success in the classroom,” Williams said. “Working with campus leadership, we are in the midst of implementing the recommendations of our Chancellor’s Task Force on Academics and Athletics with a particular focus on campus climate and culture. The incremental improvement we are seeing in APR scores is in line with what we expect, and the results validate the steps we are taking.”
Every year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every officially sanctioned NCAA Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The rate accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. Created in 2003 by the NCAA to provide an annual “real-time” sport-by-sport snapshot of the academic performance of student-athletes, APR reporting also includes a four-year average in addition to the most recent one-year average. The four-year APR results reported Wednesday include the 2010-11 through 2013-14 academic years, while the one-year APR result reported accounts for 2013-14.
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