June 11, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- The NCAA released the latest Division I Academic Progress Rates (APR) scores on Tuesday and the report showed that all but two UAB teams have a multi-year rate of 950 or better with 13 of the Blazers' programs scoring 960 or above.
Six Blazer teams (men's tennis, cross country, women's golf, softball, women's tennis and rifle) finished with perfect scores of 1,000 for the 2011-12 year. For the fourth 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. UAB's rifle program also was acknowledged with a Public Recognition Award.
Fourteen of 17 UAB sports earned scores of 950 or better for the 2011-12 year. Thirteen sports had APR scores of 975 or better with six scoring 1,000 (cross country, women's golf, softball, men's tennis, women's tennis and rifle).
There are six sports at UAB that only a few years ago were facing penalties for their APR score -- football, men's basketball, women's basketball, 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 Tuesday shows all six above the NCAA's threshold score of 930 with five of the six now at and above 950 (football - 950, men's basketball - 933, women's basketball - 974, men's soccer - 956, men's golf - 960 and men's tennis - 980).
"We are again extremely pleased with the continued academic progress of our teams and want to congratulate our student-athletes for their accomplishments in the classroom," said UAB Director of Athletics Brian Mackin. "We have made a significant commitment to our student-athletes achieving success academically and the scores released today certainly reflect that effort."
The current APR numbers released by the NCAA Tuesday include data based on the multi-year period from 2008-09 through 2011-12.
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.