Cardinals Rank Highly Among Peers In APR Scores
MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State University’s athletic programs again earned high marks in the latest multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores released Wednesday by the NCAA.
All 19 of the Cardinals’ teams boasted multiyear averages of at least 957. Miami University was the only other Mid-American Conference school with all of its programs at or above that mark, while Indiana University was the only other public school in the state to achieve the feat.
"I am proud of our student-athletes across all our programs for the merits they continue to attain academically," Ball State director of intercollegiate athletics Bill Scholl said. "Our coaches, student-athletes and support staff remain dedicated to achievement in the classroom as much as on the playing field.”
The APR numbers released Wednesday include data for the four-year period from 2009-10 through 2012-13. Each Ball State team easily cleared the minimum APR standard for postseason eligibility, which was elevated this year from a 900 four-year average to 930.
Ball State had eight programs record multiyear scores of 990 or better, matching Ohio University and Western Michigan University for the most of any MAC school.
The women's golf and cross country teams, which were honored last week with NCAA Public Recognition Awards, led the way with perfect marks of 1,000. The other Ball State programs to reach 990 in their multiyear scores were men's swimming (996), women's volleyball (995), men's golf (994), men's tennis (994), men's volleyball (991) and gymnastics (990).
Both golf programs along with the cross country and men's volleyball teams posted perfect single-year marks for 2012-13. The baseball program made the biggest jump of any Ball State team in its single-year score, improving from 924 in 2011-12 to 990 in 2012-13.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. It accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
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