Academic Rise

West Virginia's APR scores were on the rise over the past year, with most every team either showing an increase or holding steady in its four-year rolling average.

West Virginia University's combined varsity athletic teams have an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 975 for the 2012-13 academic year, according to data released today by the NCAA. West Virginia had nine teams with perfect 1,000 scores over the most recently measured year: men's basketball, women's basketball, cross country, rowing, gymnastics, women's soccer, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and rifle.

What's more, 14 of West Virginia's 17 varsity athletic teams either held steady or showe improvements in their rolling four year averages, which cover the most recent four years of academic achievement. Those boosting their four-year rolling averages included:

Baseball 922 to 937
Mens' Swimming 972 to 975
Wrestling 945 to 946
Women's Basketball 985 to 991
Women's Rowing 981 to 998
Women's Soccer 985 to 994
Women's Swimming 974 to 980

Men's Basketball (974), Rifle (971), Women's Cross Country (996), Women's Gymnastics (995), Women's Indoor Track (994), Women's Outdoor Track (994) and Women's Volleyball (950), all maintained the same four year average.

Only football (950 to 942). Men's Soccer (989 to 984), and Women's Tennis (964 to 947), saw it's four year rolling average drop. None, however, fell below the 930 threshhold, where penalties would be incurred.

"I'm pleased that our teams continue to make good academic progress," Director of Athletics Oliver Luck said in a prepared statement. "I want to congratulate the men's basketball, women's basketball, cross country, rowing, gymnastics, women's soccer, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and rifle teams for their perfect scores in 2012-13. We had three teams with perfect scores in 2010-11, seven teams in 2011-12 and now nine teams in 2012-13, and I'm certainly delighted with that progress. Overall, our 975 APR score is strong."

The APR is based upon eligibility and retention of student-athletes on a semester-by-semester basis and is an assessment of real-time academic success. The results of the fall and spring semesters, in a given year, are calculated as that year's APR score and averaged with the respective scores from the previous three years to provide a four-year (multi-year) snapshot of academic achievement.

Any student-athlete receiving athletic aid in a varsity sport can earn up to four points per year for being academically eligible and remaining enrolled in the institution. A team's APR is the total points earned on the roster divided by that squad's total possible points, multiplied by 1,000.

Teams must achieve a 930 multi-year APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years to avoid immediate penalties (involving the possible reduction of practice time and access to postseason competition). The current multi-year APR scores for WVU's varsity teams (2009-10 to 2012-13): baseball 937; men's basketball 974; women's basketball 991; cross country 996; football 942; gymnastics 995; rifle 971; rowing 998; men's soccer 984; women's soccer 994; men's swimming and diving 975; women's swimming and diving 980; tennis 947; indoor track and field 994; outdoor track and field 994; volleyball 950; and wrestling 946.

All 17 teams exceeded the 930 four-year score, and no WVU team will receive APR academic penalties from the NCAA.

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