WVU's APR Scores Improve

West Virginia University's combined varsity athletic teams have an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 964 according to data released today by the NCAA.

The APR is based upon eligibility and retention of student-athletes over a four-year period. The NCAA uses the APR as an assessment of real-time academic success.

WVU's average APR score of 964 is up eight points from last year's average. WVU's score of 964 is equal to the NCAA's overall four-year APR average score.

For the 2007-08 academic year, West Virginia had six teams with perfect 1,000 scores: men's basketball, cross country, gymnastics, women's soccer, volleyball and rifle.

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 of the roster divided by that squad's total possible points, multiplied by 1,000. Penalties for teams falling below the specified mark may include the loss of scholarships up to a cap of 10% of the team's total NCAA scholarship aid available. Loss of aid will generally be in one-year increments to those sports.

An APR score of 925 or higher is what teams first look to meet to avoid immediate penalties (involving the possible loss of grants-in-aid). The current four-year APR scores for WVU's varsity teams (2004-05 to 2007-08): baseball 939; men's basketball 960; women's basketball 930; cross country 1,000; football 939; gymnastics 995; rifle 989; rowing 918; men's soccer 904; women's soccer 997; men's swimming 952; women's swimming 977; tennis 986; indoor track 990; outdoor track 990; volleyball 985; and wrestling 943.

All teams exceeded or met the 925 score or did not have any circumstances that warranted an immediate penalty. No WVU varsity team will receive APR academic penalties from the NCAA.

"I'm extremely pleased with our strong APR scores for the year, jumping eight points from our average of last year," says Director of Athletics Ed Pastilong. "I want to congratulate the cross country team for its perfect score as well as our six teams that received a perfect score in 2007-08.

"Our teams continue to make good academic progress as evidenced by more than 450 individuals being named to the Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll. The majority of our athletic teams increased their APR score from a year ago, and our overall 964 APR score is strong."

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