For the fifth consecutive year, Long Beach State exceeded the minimum score for the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) in all 18 sports the school offered. The latest APR covered the 2006-07 to 2009-10 academic years.
The APR is determined by using the eligibility and retention for each student-athlete on scholarship during a particular academic year. The NCAA developed the system in 2004 to measure the academic progress and performance of athletic programs at its member institutions.
Every Long Beach State team scored at least a 936, exceeded the minimum standard multi-year score of 925, with the men’s cross country, men’s volleyball and women’s basketball teams scoring a perfect 1,000.
Long Beach State led the Big West Conference in baseball, women’s basketball and men’s cross country, while leading the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in men’s volleyball. Campus teams also ranked in the top two in six of the 14 Big West sports in which 49er teams compete.
“I am proud of our student-athletes and coaches who are committed to academic success and graduation,” Director of Athletics Vic Cegles said.
Long Beach State took its third Big West Conference Commissioner’s Cup in the award’s 13-year history after tallying the best point average during the 2010-11 season.
The Commissioner’s Cup is presented to the institution with the best overall results in the conference’s 16 sponsored sports championships.
This past season, the 49ers won three conference titles in men’s basketball, women’s tennis and men’s track and field and placed second in five other sports. The 49ers averaged 130.7 points over the 14 conference sports in which they competed.