According to NCAA data released on Wednesday morning, California football and basketball teams set records for their highest multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores in the history of the measurement.
The men's basketball team's one-year APR for the 2015-16 academic year was a perfect 1,000, the second year in a row the program reached the threshold under now-former head coach Cuonzo Martin. As a result, the Bears' four-year APR averaged moved up to 970, which is 31 points higher than it was just three years ago.
The Cal football team's four-year APR also leaped up, with a 991 single-year rate following up a 997 score a year ago, moving the four-year APR to 978, up 33 points over the past four years. The 991 score from 2015-16 was the second-highest among all football programs in the Pac-12.
One of the reasons that former football head coach Jeff Tedford was dismissed after the 2012 season was the GSR -- graduation success rate -- had taken a dive (48% -- lowest in the Pac-12 -- in 2011-12) -- and the APR performance mirrored that. In his final multi-year APR score, Tedford's program posted a 935 -- the lowest multi-year score in the Pac-12, and one of the 10 lowest in all of major college football. His final single-year APR was 923.
"After a period of less-than-satisfactory results, we have seen tremendous academic improvement in both our football and men's basketball programs," said athletic director Mike Williams said. "One of our primary goals as a department is to offer a comprehensive student-athlete experience, which includes providing the resources necessary for success both academically and athletically. The steps we have taken over the past few years are producing their desired outcome, and these scores help demonstrate that student-athletes can and do excel in all their endeavors at our university."
22 of Cal's 25 measured teams (crew and men's rugby are not NCAA sports, and therefore not included in the tabulations, and beach volleyball is also not included) produced a four-year APR of at least 970, and 13 teams registered scores of 980 or higher. A school-record seven teams earned NCAA Public Recognition for their performances. All seven -- women's golf, women's gymnastics, women's lacrosse, men's and women's tennis, women's volleyball and men's water polo -- posted four-year scores of 1,000 (the highest possible).
"The scores we see are the result of a lot of hard work on behalf of coaches, staff and the staff at the Athletic Study Center," Director of Athletics Mike Williams said. "But ultimately, it is our 850 student-athletes who deserve the credit. They are the ones who have the desire and motivation to perform well in their coursework, and together they have established a culture of high academic achievement that complements their athletic experience."
A school-record 14 teams had one-year APR scores of 1,000 for the 2015-16 academic year, including men's basketball, men's and women's cross country, women's golf, women's gymnastics, women's lacrosse, softball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, volleyball, and men's and women's water polo.
About the APR: The measurement 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. The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years. Teams must compile a multi-year score of 930 or higher or risk losing eligibility to compete in NCAA postseason championships.
Complete list of multi-year APR for all measured Cal athletics programs as of 2015-16:Baseball 966
Field Hockey 974
Men's hoops 970
Men's cross country 976
Men's golf 971
Men's gymnastics 988
Men's soccer 974
Men's swimming and diving 956
Men's tennis 1000
Men's track 970
Men's water polo 1000
Women's hoops 966
Women's cross country 988
Women's golf 1000
Women's gymnastics 1000
Women's lacrosse 1000
Women's rowing 982
Women's soccer 983
Women's swimming and diving 992
Women's tennis 1000
Women's track 975
Women's volleyball 1000
Women's water polo 996