INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Northern Arizona University student-athletes continue to strive for academic excellence culminating in graduation, as the latest annual multi-year data has been released by the NCAA.
NAU met the required NCAA standard in all sports, according to the 2013-14 NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) that was released on Wednesday.
Last week, the Northern Arizona women's tennis team was honored with their third-straight NCAA Public Recognition Award, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate. The award is given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport.
"We are proud of all of our teams and their academic progress, and I am extremely happy to see that our women's tennis program once again achieved the highest APR recognition from the NCAA," said Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos. "We have high expectations of our staff, coaches and student-athletes. The university and our department have put resources into areas that develop and implement programs that support our students from the recruiting process through graduation and into their career."
NAU student-athletes posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.12 at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. Eleven out of 15 teams finished the academic year with a 3.00 GPA or higher. Swimming and diving recorded the highest department GPA of 3.61, followed by women's tennis at 3.60 and soccer at 3.38.
All 15 NAU sponsored sports are exceeding NCAA academic standards for the sixth straight year. The department's overall APR for 2013-14 is 970.
Twelve NAU squads carry multi-year totals above 960; six of those programs have a total of 990 or higher. In addition, men's cross country, women's cross country, golf, women's tennis and volleyball all tallied perfect single-year scores of 1000 for 2013-14. When comparing APR's to state schools Arizona State and the University of Arizona, women's basketball, women's soccer and the five teams mentioned above either tied or posted the highest APR for their sport.
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. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the most recent four-year period, encompassing the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.
NAU's 2013-14 and multi-year academic progress rates for individual sports were:
|Sport||Multi-Year APR||Single-Year APR|
|Men's Cross Country||994||1000|
|Men's Indoor Track & Field||988||976|
|Men's Outdoor Track & Field||981||976|
|Women's Cross Country||995||1000|
|Women's Swimming & Diving||997||991|
|Women's Indoor Track & Field||967||991|
|Women's Outdoor Track & Field||971||991|