WACO (June 14, 2012) – Baylor’s baseball and softball programs have received public recognition awards from the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I Academic Performance Program for having Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores which rank among the top 10 percent within their respective sport. It marks the second time both programs have been recognized by the NCAA for APR excellence.
The Baylor softball team, which was also honored in 2011, recorded a perfect APR score of 1000 and was the only Big 12 softball program to garner national recognition. The Bears’ baseball team registered an APR of 990 and was one of two Big 12 baseball programs recognized for APR excellence, along with the University of Texas. BU’s baseball team had also been honored in 2007.
"We continue to be very proud of our student-athletes' classroom performance," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "This success is a credit to the dedication of our student-athletes, academic commitment of our coaches and the outstanding work of the student-athlete services staff. Baylor's faculty members also play a key role in the academic success of our student-athletes and are to be recognized for the outstanding job they do in the classroom."
Baylor has now received 10 public APR awards in six sports--men's cross country (2006 and 2011), baseball (2007 and 2012), men's basketball (2009), men's golf (2010), women's golf (2009 and 2010) and softball (2011 and 2012) since the program was instituted seven years ago.
Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
In the latest NCAA APR report, based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years, every Baylor program registered an APR score of at least 956 and no teams are subject to penalty.
Baylor's sport-by-sport 2012 APR scores are:
Men's Programs: Baseball (990), basketball (956), cross country (992), football (956), golf (988), tennis (968), indoor track (978) and outdoor track (973).
Women's Programs: Basketball (967), cross country (984), golf (993), soccer (985), softball (1000), tennis (987), indoor track (964), outdoor track (968) and volleyball (965).
The NCAA is scheduled to release multi-year APR scores for all Division I sports teams, June 20. That announcement will also include immediate and historical penalties for low-performing teams, as well as APRs for head coaches.