BATON ROUGE – All 20 of LSU’s varsity sports performed well in the annual report of Academic Progress Rates (APR) released Tuesday by the NCAA. The ratings released this week by the NCAA are part of the organization’s continuing academic reform efforts.
The APR is a point system based on scholarship athletes’ eligibility and retention for a pre-determined time period. This year’s report is for the four-year period beginning in the fall of 2008. Points are awarded each semester for academic eligibility and retention, with two points possible per semester per student-athlete.
NCAA sports falling below the established cutoff point of 900 are subject to penalties including scholarship reductions and a perfect APR score is 1000. All LSU teams scored above 900 and 12 LSU teams scored 980 or above, including women’s cross country with a perfect score of 1000 for the fourth consecutive year.
“The APR continues to be an important tool in the measurement of academic performance in college athletics, so these results are significant because they show the emphasis LSU coaches, student-athletes and counselors put on academic progress and achievement,” said LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva. “We emphasize to our student-athletes that success in the classroom is just as important as being successful in the athletic arena.”
In addition to women’s cross country, other LSU teams with APR scores of 980 or above were men’s tennis (992), men’s swimming and diving (989), men’s golf (987), softball (987), women’s golf (984), women’s soccer (984), women’s tennis (984), women’s indoor track & field (984), women’s outdoor track & field (984), volleyball (984), and gymnastics (982).
LSU Multi-Year APR Scores:
Cross Country, 913
Swimming & Diving, 989
Indoor Track & Field, 930
Outdoor Track & Field, 929
Cross Country, 1000
Swimming & Diving, 974
Indoor Track & Field, 984
Outdoor Track & Field, 984