The University of Texas at Austin athletic programs now have their annual set of data to prove the Longhorns are advancing toward their ultimate goal--to graduate all student-athletes.
The university met the required NCAA standard in all sports, according to the multi-year NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) released May 6. Last month, the men's basketball and women's softball programs received public recognition awards for their latest APR.
"The APR is the most accurate and timely indicator we have to gauge the academic progress of our student-athletes. Our numbers continue to show that our student-athletes are working hard--while balancing their busy schedules and demands on their time--to maintain their academic progress toward graduation," said DeLoss Dodds, men's athletics director. "And the goal at Texas is to graduate all of our student-athletes."
The APR is a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.
This APR is based on data submitted by the institution for the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years.
"Our student-athletes, coaches and student-services staff all deserve credit for these quality scores," said Chris Plonsky, women's athletics director. "It's a collaborative effort from the get-go--identifying student-athletes who want a great education and athletic experience in tandem, and then putting the work in to achieve excellence."
The University of Texas at Austin Academic Progress Rate (APR)
In the APR ranking, the highest possible score is 1,000.
The APR is calculated by allocating points for eligibility and retention--the two factors that research identifies as the best indicators of graduation. Each player on a given roster earns a maximum of two points per term, one for being academically eligible and one for staying with the institution. A team's APR is the total points of a team's roster at a given time divided by the total points possible.
Men's Programs: Multi-year APR
- Baseball : 944
- Basketball: 979
- Cross Country : 971
- Football: 939
- Golf : 956
- Swimming and Diving: 948
- Tennis : 960
- Track, Indoor: 968
- Track, Outdoor: 969
Women's Programs: Multi-year APR
- Basketball: 973
- Cross Country: 930
- Golf: 994
- Rowing: 973
- Soccer: 984
- Softball: 996
- Swimming and Diving: 981
- Tennis: 993
- Track, Indoor: 965
- Track, Outdoor: 965
- Volleyball: 985
Read the complete NCAA Division I APR Report.