The NCAA announced its multi-year academic performance rates (APR) for Division I teams, which covers a four-year period from the academic years of 2007-08 to 2010-11, and Long Beach State exceeded the minimum score in all 18 sports the school offers for the sixth straight year.
“The APR has become the gold standard in measuring academic success and progress by the NCAA,” President F. King Alexander said. “The latest data show that our athletic program continues to be among the nation’s best in student-athlete academic performance in all sports and programs.”
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 men’s basketball, men’s cross country, and softball, while leading the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in men’s volleyball. LBSU teams also ranked in the top three in six 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 930 with nine of the 18 teams improving its score from last year and two matching last year’s rate. Softball showed the biggest improvement increasing its score by 20 points. Every LBSU team scored at least a 942, six points higher than last year’s low score, with the men’s cross country and men’s volleyball teams leading the way with perfect scores of 1,000. Women’s golf increased its score by one point from last year to a 992. Softball improved its score from 966 to 986, while women’s tennis improved from a 976 to 984 and baseball climbed two points to a 978. Women’s basketball scored a 983 after scoring a perfect 1,000 last year.
“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,” Director of Athletics Vic Cegles said. “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.
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.