June 11, 2013
Highlighted by seven teams achieving a perfect score, 21 Boston University athletic programs have exceeded their respective sport's national average in the latest multi-year NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the entire four-year cohort ending with the 2011-12 academic year.
The Terriers' men's cross country, women's golf, women's ice hockey, softball, women's tennis, men's indoor and outdoor track & field were all among the 827 of over 6,400 eligible Division I programs nationwide to record a perfect score of 1,000 in the multi-year data released on Tuesday.
Last week, wrestling joined the aforementioned programs in receiving a Public Recognition Award for finishing in the top 10 perfect of its respective sport in the multi-year APR. A total of 21 teams recorded a score of 980 or greater, marking seven more than the next closest America East institution.
Men's track & field posted a perfect score for the first time in the program's history since the NCAA began releasing APR reports in 2005, while women's golf remained perfect. Both softball and men's cross country had 1,000 multi-year scores for the fourth consecutive year, while women's tennis reached the mark for the third straight year.
The APR, now in its ninth year, provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. Teams scoring below 930 out of 1,000 can face penalties, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice and competition. Rates are based on the past four years of performance.