For the first time in program history, USF Athletics had every one of its 18 evaluated teams earn a score of 950 or better in the NCAA’s most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) report released Wednesday.
USF joined Rutgers as the only two American Athletic Conference teams to have all teams post an APR of 950 or higher and was one of just 36 Division I-A football-playing schools to accomplish the feat.
The continued success of USF student-athletes in the classroom was also highlighted by three teams that received NCAA Public Recognition Awards, five teams that posted the highest APR score in their sport in the American Athletic Conference and eight teams that exceeded our equaled their highest APR score since reporting began in 2004-05.
The football program improved its APR score for the fifth-straight season posting a mark of 973 that ranked third in The American as well as second in the state of Florida and 25th nationally among Division I-A football programs. Coach Willie Taggart’s Bulls recorded the program’s best APR score since reporting began. The program has improved its APR by 64 points since the 2007-08 season.
“USF Athletics is committed to the academic achievement and graduation of our student-athletes,” Director of Athletics Mark Harlan said. “I am proud of what our student-athletes continue to accomplish in the classroom and the dedication of our coaches in helping them in that regard. This is also a great achievement for our academic services staff that works tirelessly with our student-athletes to meet their goals and dreams.”
Three USF athletic teams, including the American Conference champion men’s and women’s tennis teams, received a Public Recognition Award for APR scores in the top 10 percent nationally in their respective sport during the 2012-13 academic year. The women’s golf program was also recognized and joined the tennis programs in posting a perfect score of 1000.
Those three teams were joined by softball and women’s cross country in posting the highest APR marks in The American for their respective sports. USF had 12 teams that ranked in the top five of their sport among conference APR scores. Softball’s score of 997 ranked 30th nationally and second in the state of Florida. Among the eight USF teams to exceed or equal their highest APR score since recording began were: football, men’s basketball, men’s soccer, men’s tennis, softball, women’s cross country, women’s golf and women’s tennis. Twelve USF teams exceeded or equaled their highest APR score in the last five years.
Among the USF teams that ranked among the top five in APR score among American Conference programs was the men’s basketball team, which posted a program record score of 959. It marked the fifth-straight season in which their score improved and an 81-point improvement since 2007-08.
The Bulls women’s tennis team earned its fourth straight NCAA Public Recognition Award and fourth straight perfect score under head coach Agustin Moreno. Coach Matt Hill’s men’s tennis team was honored with an NCAA Public Recognition Award for the second consecutive year. Coach Marci Kornegay’s women’s golf team earned their fourth overall Public Recognition Award and second in the last three years.
The NCAA’s APR is designed to track the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship at a particular institution. It accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation to provide a measure of each team’s academic performance.
USF had 55 student-athletes earn their degrees during spring commencement ceremonies last weekend, including 12 graduating with honors.
SOURCE: USF Athletics