BATON ROUGE - All of LSU's 20 varsity sports are clear of any penalties in the annual report of Academic Progress Rates (APR) released Wednesday by the NCAA. The ratings released this week by the NCAA are part of the NCAA's continuing academic reform efforts.
The APR is a point system based on scholarship athletes' eligibility and retention for a pre-determined time period. Points are awarded each semester for academic eligibility and retention, with two points possible per semester per student-athlete.
"The APR is an important measuring stick for academic performance in college athletics and I am pleased that LSU teams continue to post high marks in the classroom," said LSU vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva. "It is important for our student-athletes to be as successful in the academic arena as they are in the athletic arena."
NCAA sports falling below an established cutoff point are subject to penalties including scholarship reductions. A perfect APR score is 1000 and the cutoff point for potential penalties is 925. Of LSU's 20 varsity sports, 18 scored above the 925 mark in the current report.
Women's golf, men's golf and women's cross country scored the highest among LSU sports with a perfect score of 1000 for the four-year period dating back to the 2005-06 academic year.
In addition, other LSU teams with APR scores of 960 or above include men's swimming & diving at 992, gymnastics at 985, men's tennis at 971, softball at 966, football at 965, soccer at 963 and women's basketball at 962.
The men's basketball (918) and men's cross country (915) teams were LSU's only sports that fell below the 925 mark for the four-year period dating back to the 2005-06 academic year. Neither team will incur penalties because no student-athletes on those teams left LSU prior to the expiration of their eligibility with insufficient academic standing.