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All CSULB Athletic Teams Exceed Minimum Score In NCAA’s APR

Published: June 1, 2011

The NCAA announced its multi-year academic performance rates (APR) for Division I teams on May 24, which covers a four-year period from the academic years of 2006-07 to 2009-10, and CSULB exceeded the minimum score in all 18 sports the school offers for the fifth straight year.

The APR was developed by the NCAA in 2004 to measure the academic progress and performance of athletic programs at its member institutions. CSULB led the Big West Conference in baseball, women’s basketball and men’s cross country, while leading the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) in men’s volleyball. Forty-Niner teams also ranked in the top two in six of the 14 Big West sports in which 49er teams compete.

Overall, every one of CSULB’s 18 teams exceeded the minimum standard multi-year score of 925 with seven of the 18 teams improving its score from last year and one matching last year’s rate. Men’s water polo showed the biggest improvement increasing its score by 54 points. Every team scored at least a 936, four points higher than last year’s low score, with the men’s cross country, men’s volleyball and women’s basketball team leading the way with perfect scores of 1,000. Women’s golf matched its score of 991 from last year, while women’s cross country scored a 990. Men’s water polo improved its score from 932 to 986, while baseball and women’s tennis both scored a 976.

“I am proud of our student-athletes and coaches who are committed to academic success and graduation,” Director of Athletics Vic Cegles said. “They have demonstrated again, that you can win in the classroom and on the playing fields. I also want to congratulate the staff in the Bickerstaff Academic Center who every day provide much needed advising, tutorial and personal support for our young men and women pursuing academic and athletic 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.

Complete information on the 2011 APR Report can be found at the NCAA’s website.

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.

–Todd Miles