Strong APR Data Comes On Heels Of Record Graduation Success Rate For Mean Green
Tennis Again Earns Public Recognition For Perfect Score Of 1,000
DENTON — After posting the highest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in program history earlier this year, Mean Green student-athletes continued their strong momentum in the classroom with the NCAA’s release of Academic Progress Rate data yesterday. The multiyear data covers a four-year period, ending with the 2016-17 school year. Seven Mean Green programs scored 980 or higher, with all 14 sports earning above a 960. Four teams ranked inside the top three of their respective sports among C-USA institutions – football, men’s golf, women’s tennis and swimming and diving.
"I’m extremely proud of our coaches and student-athletes for embracing the challenge of building champions and preparing leaders," Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker said. "As proud as I am of a year full of athletic achievements, I’m even more proud of the continued success academically."
The women’s tennis team continued to lead the way for Mean Green athletics with a perfect multiyear score of 1,000, which earned recognition from the NCAA for being in the top-10 percent nationally. It was the fifth-consecutive year that the women’s tennis team scored a 1,000 in its single-year score.
The North Texas football program ranked third among Conference USA institutions in recording a multiyear score of 972, eight points ahead of the national average for Division I football programs (964).
The men’s golf team had the largest improvement from last year, increasing their multiyear score by 16 points to 993. Other programs that saw increases this year are: men’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s basketball and women’s golf.
In addition to the success in APR, North Texas programs also recorded an average grade-point-average of 2.98 this spring, improving on last spring’s 2.96 average. It marks the highest departmental GPA during the last five years and eight programs finished this spring with team GPA’s of 3.0 or higher, including volleyball which posted a department-high 3.5.
The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally. The NCAA mandates a four-year aggregate score of 930 as acceptable for each sport.