North Texas Teams Recognized In Latest Academic Progress Rates
Football, Tennis Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards
DENTON — The NCAA released its most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) data on Wednesday, and North Texas student-athletes once again provided some impressive scores. Leading the way among the school’s 16 athletic programs was football and tennis, as both squads earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for posting scores in the top 10 percent of their sport.
Football’s single-year score of 993 - a six point improvement from a season ago - held a significant advantage over the Division I average of 959, and it was the team’s best score in the history of APR report data. For tennis, the squad posted a perfect score for the third time in as many years.
Overall, five Mean Green teams recorded a perfect 1,000 score in the single-year data (2014-15), which is the second-most in the department’s history. Tennis, volleyball and cross country each had perfect single-year ratings for the third consecutive year. Men’s golf picked up its second straight 1,000 score in the single-year data, while track added a 1,000 APR rating this year. The average single-year score for North Texas’s 16 teams in this report is 977.6, down slightly from a 985.5 score a year ago.
In the multiyear APR report, which covered a four-year span ending in 2014-15, tennis led the way with a perfect multiyear score of 1,000. That mark was followed closely by volleyball (995) and swimming & diving (991). Football once again showed improvement in this category while improving its multiyear rating for the sixth consecutive year. With a 984 multiyear APR in this report, football’s rating is its best ever and is up 14 points from last year.
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 900 as acceptable for each sport. This year's report measures the 2011-12 through 2014-15 academic years.
To see how each Mean Green team stacked up, find the full public report here.