May 14, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- The NCAA released the latest Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores on Wednesday and the report showed that all but one of UAB's 17 teams listed have a multi-year rate of 950 or better with 15 of those programs scoring 970 or above.
UAB currently sponsors 18 sports -- sand volleyball being the other -- but until this year, the Blazers did not have any student-athletes on a sand volleyball scholarship. Next year, UAB will also have an APR score for sand volleyball.
Ten Blazer teams (men's golf, men's soccer, women's basketball, women's bowling, women's cross country, women's golf, women's tennis, women's indoor track, women's outdoor track and women's volleyball) finished with perfect scores of 1,000 for the 2012-13 year.
For the fifth straight year, the women's tennis program earned a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA after ranking in the top 10 percent of its sport.
Sixteen of 17 UAB sports earned scores of 950 or better for the 2012-13 year. Thirteen sports had APR scores of 970 or better for the 2012-13 year.
There are six sports at UAB that only a few years ago were facing penalties for their APR rate -- men's basketball, women's basketball, football, men's soccer, men's golf and men's tennis. For the year 2006-07, all six sports had APR multi-year scores below 900.
The most recent report released Wednesday shows all six above the NCAA's threshold score of 930 with five of the six now above 950 (men's basketball - 983, women's basketball - 992, men's soccer - 985, men's golf - 960 and men's tennis - 986).
"I want to congratulate our student-athletes for their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom," said UAB Director of Athletics Brian Mackin. "We are again extremely pleased with the continued academic progress of our teams. The commitment we have made to achieving success academically is demonstrated in the scores that were released today, and our student-athletes and coaches should be commended."
The current APR numbers released by the NCAA Wednesday include data based on the multi-year period from 2009-10 through 2012-13.
Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility, graduation and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face consequences, such as practice restrictions and restrictions on postseason competition. Rates are based on the past four years' performance.