App State Sets Record With 14 Perfect APR Scores

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May 8, 2019
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May 9, 2019
App State Sets Record With 14 Perfect APR Scores

BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State has achieved APR perfection at a record-setting rate.
 
A school-record and league-leading 14 of App State Athletics’ 18 varsity teams with Academic Progress Rate (APR) data recorded perfect single-year scores of 1,000 for the 2017-18 cycle, according to information released Wednesday by the NCAA.
 
In alphabetical order by sport, the programs with a perfect single-year score after the completion of the 2017-18 academic year were baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s golf, women’s golf, softball, women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women’s track & field and volleyball. App State has 20 varsity sports, but the APR no longer separates outdoor and indoor track & field into two categories.

App State’s total of 14 led the Sun Belt Conference, with Louisiana ranking second at eight perfect single-year APR scores for 2017-18.
 
All of App State’s women’s sports programs had a perfect single-year APR score for the latest documented cycle, and all of App State’s varsity teams possess multiyear (four-year) scores of 955 or higher. Teams must have a multiyear average of 930 to be eligible to compete in championships.
 
Women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and men’s cross country also recorded perfect multiyear rates that ranked in the top 10 percent of their respective sports, leading to Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA earlier this month.
 
“We’re incredibly proud of our student-athletes, as well as the coaches and staff members who make academics a priority at Appalachian State University,” App State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said. “We strive for competitive excellence not only on the field of play, but in the classroom, and having 14 teams with a perfect APR score speaks to that commitment.”

 
App State’s previous record of nine perfect single-year APRs occurred in 2010-11.
 
In data going back to 2004-05, baseball posted its first-ever APR of 1,000, while men’s basketball reached a 1,000 for the second time and women’s basketball had a 1,000 for the third time. Women’s basketball recorded a program-best multiyear score of 987, and men’s soccer had its best-ever multiyear score of 992.
 
The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term. The most recent multiyear APRs are based on scores from the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.
 

TEAM 2017-18 APR MULTIYEAR APR
Women’s Golf 1,000 1,000
Women’s Soccer 1,000 1,000
Women’s Tennis 1,000 1,000
Men’s Cross Country 1,000 1,000
Women’s Cross Country 1,000 996
Field Hockey 1,000 996
Men’s Tennis 1,000 990
Women’s Track & Field 1,000 990
Women’s Basketball 1,000 987
Men’s Basketball 1,000 985
Softball 1,000 977
Baseball 1,000 971
Volleyball 1,000 964
Men’s Golf 1,000 960
Men’s Soccer 978 992
Men’s Track & Field 955 971
Football 939 955
Wrestling 938 969