Wednesday June 12, 2013

High Scorers

Flyer student-athletes continue to achieve success on and off the court. They rank among the nation's brightest in a recent NCAA report.

The NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) report released Tuesday, June 11, shows University of Dayton student-athletes continue to be among the nation's top academic performers.

Thirteen teams had an APR score of 985 or higher, out of a perfect 1,000, which is higher than the national average of 974. Eight of those teams had perfect scores.

The women's basketball squad was one of 17 in the nation with a perfect score and one of three to finish the season ranked in the top 25.

The women's volleyball team was one of seven in the nation with a perfect score and finished the season ranked in the top 25.

The other Flyers teams with perfect APR scores are men's and women's golf, men's and women's cross country, women's rowing and women's tennis.

The football team's APR score of 992 and the men's basketball team's score of 985 are good for fifth and 39th among all Division I schools, respectively.

Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face sanctions, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice. Rates are based on the past four years' performance. The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.

APR scores per institution, along with penalties per school and teams receiving public recognition, are available online through the NCAA's searchable database.

A week ago, the eight Flyers teams with perfect APR scores, plus football, received 2012 APR Public Recognition Awards. The NCAA honors these Division I sports teams that are ranked in the top 10 percent of the latest multi-year APR scores. 

For more information, contact Doug Hauschild in the athletics communications office at 937-229-4390.

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