June 12, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Rates Tuesday, and Vanderbilt again ranks among the nation's highest performing institutions with all 16 athletic teams exceeding the NCAA's multi-year standard and seven teams earning perfect scores of 1,000.
Earning perfect marks were Vanderbilt's men's and women's cross country teams, men's and women's golf, women's indoor and outdoor track and women's bowling. Last week, these programs, along with women's soccer, were honored by the NCAA with public recognition awards for being in the top-10 percent of their respective sports with their latest multi-year APR scores.
The national cutoff standard APR score was 930 and no Vanderbilt team scored lower than 973. Other scores included: baseball (989), men's basketball (980), women's basketball (981), football (973), women's lacrosse (995), women's soccer (997), women's swimming (990), men's tennis (993) and women's tennis (991).
Vanderbilt's teams also posted the highest APR scores of any conference school in eight of the 15 sports that compete in a league. Vanderbilt's bowling team posted a perfect score, but does not compete in a conference. In addition to the six other teams with perfect APR scores, Vanderbilt's baseball and soccer teams led the SEC. The football team finished third in the conference and in the top-20 nationally.
Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility, graduation and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face consequences, such as practice restrictions and restrictions on postseason competition. Rates are based on the past four years' performance. The score also serves as a predictor of graduation success.
Complete APR information can be found at NCAA.org.