Headlined by perfect 1,000 multiyear scores from the men's cross country and women's tennis squads, 10 North Texas teams showed improvement from last year's report, including every men's program, and 12 teams scored higher than 960.
Of the 21 NCAA Division I schools in the state of Texas, North Texas is one of just four schools to have multiple sports with perfect 1,000 multiyear scores (Rice, Texas and TCU). Middle Tennessee is the only other Sun Belt school to have multiple sports post a 1,000.
The cross country and tennis squads earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA last week for ranking among the top 10 percent of their sports.
"This report shows that our coaches, academic staff, student athletes and everyone associated with North Texas Athletics are committed to success in the classroom," said athletics director Rick Villarreal. "We are extremely excited to have two perfect scores, and that is exactly what we strive for in each and every sport."
Prior to this year's report, only the women's golf team in the APR's inaugural year of 2004-05 earned a perfect 1,000 multiyear rate, but that score reflected only the 2004-05 academic data and was not a true four-year snapshot.
Seven sports recorded their program's highest multiyear rates since the APR began; football (932), men's cross country (1,000), men's golf (992), men's indoor track (972), men's outdoor track (972), softball (993) and tennis (1,000).
Men's cross country, women's golf and tennis tallied single-year 1,000 scores in consecutive seasons, and softball raised its single-year score from 955 to 1,000, and led the Sun Belt with a 993 multiyear rate.
Of North Texas' 16 teams, 12 posted multiyear rates higher than the national average for public institutions in their respective sports; men's basketball (946), men's cross country, men's golf, men's indoor and outdoor track, women's golf (985), softball, swimming (983), women's tennis, volleyball (979), women's indoor (968) and outdoor track (969).
NT had five sports that ranked among the top three public schools in the state of Texas in their respective sport, and five sports also ranked among the Sun Belt's top three.
The APR is the NCAA's measurement of academic success that aims to give a real-time snapshot of athlete retention and advancement over a four-year period. The NCAA mandates a score of 925 as acceptable for each sport.