Nine of Western Carolina’s sports posted perfect Academic Progress Rate scores for the 2018-19 academic year released recently by the NCAA, as all 16 of WCU’s intercollegiate sports achieved single-year APR scores above the minimum threshold.
Five women’s sports – cross country, golf, softball, soccer and tennis – and four men’s sports – basketball, cross country, golf, and track and field – each earned perfect scores of 1,000 on the 2018-19 single-year APR.
WCU’s men’s and women’s golf teams were also honored with the Public Recognition Award given to programs ranking in the top 10 percent of APR scores within their respective sports.
The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.
For the first time, a portion of NCAA revenue is being distributed to members based on the academic achievement of student-athletes, including APR scores.
Each school can earn one academic achievement unit per year if its student-athletes meet at least one of the following requirements:
• Earn an overall single-year all-sport APR of 985 or higher.
• Earn an overall all-sport Graduation Success Rate of 90 percent or higher.
• Earn a federal graduation rate that is at least 13 percentage points higher than the federal graduation rate of the student body at that school.
As requested by the Division I Board of Directors, the NCAA will not publicize which schools received the unit. Dollar figures were impacted by the cancellation of the 2020 Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.
APRs for each team, lists of teams receiving public recognition, and those receiving sanctions are available online through the NCAA’s searchable database.