DENTON, Texas - The NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) data today, showing University of North Texas student-athletes are continuing to excel in the classroom.
The data released today by the NCAA reflects information collected during a four-year period that ended at the conclusion of the 2008-09 academic year. All 16 of North Texas' NCAA sponsored programs were above the necessary 925 score the NCAA mandates to avoid penalties. Five of North Texas' 16 NCAA sponsored teams scored a perfect 1,000 in the latest single-year figures. Men's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's swimming and diving and women's tennis all turned in the perfect score for the 2008-09 academic year.
The highest multiyear score by a North Texas team was accomplished by the volleyball program, which turned in a four-year average of 989. That score places the Mean Green volleyball team in the 70-80th percentile among all NCAA sports teams. The overall NCAA Division I public institution average for volleyball teams was 972.
Of the 16 teams, 10 improved their multiyear APR score from 2009 to 2010, led by the men's cross country team which improved its multiyear score by 39 points - from 932 to 971.
The Mean Green football team's score of 927 was the highest multiyear score recorded by the program since the inception of the APR in 2005. Todd Dodge's program turned in a 973 single-year score in 2008-09, which raised the multiyear score from 911 to 927 in one year. The APR improvement will allow North Texas to resume its full allotment of 85 football scholarships - after the program was penalized with the loss of four scholarships last season.
"We have been extremely committed to academic success of our student-athletes at North Texas and we knew that we would have to raise the level of expectations for some of our programs," Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal said. "We worked tirelessly to improve the teams that were struggling and made it a point to recognize the teams that were doing well. It is rewarding to see that all of the resources we have dedicated to this effort are paying off."
The APR is the NCAA's measurement of academic success that aims to give a real-time snap shot of athlete retention and advancement in a four-year period. The NCAA mandates a score of 925 (out of 1,000) as acceptable for each sport.