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Athletics Scores Well in NCAA Academic Performance Ratings

Published: July 1, 2010

The NCAA recently announced its multi-year academic performance rates (APR) for Division I teams, which covers a four-year period from the academic years of 2005-06 to 2008-09. Long Beach State exceeded the minimum score in all 18 sports the school offers.

The APR was developed by the NCAA in 2004 to measure the academic progress and performance of athletic programs at its member institutions. Long Beach State led the Big West Conference in baseball, women’s basketball and women’s golf, while ranking in the top two in eight of the 14 Big West sports in which 49er teams compete.

Overall, every one of Long Beach State’s 18 teams exceeded the minimum standard multi-year score of 925, with eight of the 18 teams improving its score from last year. Every 49er squad scored at least a 932, with the men’s golf team leading the way with a 993 out of possible 1,000. Both women’s cross country and men’s volleyball scored a 992, while women’s golf (991), baseball (984), women’s tennis (983), women’s basketball (982) and men’s cross country (981) each scored at least a 980.

“Having all of the Long Beach State teams achieving positive NCAA Academic Progress Rates is a tribute to our coaches, the academic support staff and the student athletes representing the university and its 18 intercollegiate teams,” said 49er Director of Athletics Vic Cegles. “We are proud to be competing for championships and at the same time helping young men and women pursue academic success.”

The APR is determined by using the eligibility and retention for each student-athlete on scholarship during a particular academic year. Student-athletes are awarded one point for each semester they are enrolled and one point for each semester they are eligible for intercollegiate competition. A student-athlete can earn a maximum of two points per semester and a maximum of four points during an academic year.

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The APR is calculated by taking the number of possible points for a particular sport and dividing that number by the total number of points earned from student-athlete retention and eligibility over the same period of time. The percentage is then multiplied by 1,000 to get the actual APR.

The NCAA does not penalize an institution for student-athletes who remain academically eligible but did not return to the institution due to circumstances beyond the student and/or institution’s control. Examples of this include student-athletes who leave to pursue professional athletics, suffer from incapacitating physical or mental illness, or experience extreme financial difficulties as the result of a specific event such as a death in the family.

Complete information on the 2010 APR Report can be found at the NCAA’s website, NCAA.org.

49er individual team scores: baseball, 984; men’s basketball, 949; men’s cross country, 981; men’s golf 993; men’s indoor track, 963; men’s outdoor track, 944; men’s volleyball, 992; men’s water polo, 932; women’s basketball, 982; women’s cross country, 992; women’s golf, 991; soccer, 973; softball, 957; women’s tennis, 983; women’s indoor track, 973; women’s outdoor track, 975; women’s volleyball, 949; and women’s water polo, 968.