The complete NCAA Academic Progress Rates (APR) were released on Wednesday, May 10, and the University of Portland has maintained an elite level once again. Each of Portland’s varsity athletics programs from the 2015-16 multi-year calculation rated high on the scale and no teams are subject to penalties.
Among the four Division I universities in the state of Oregon, UP posted the highest APR multi-year rate in seven of the 13 sports in which the data is provided.
Looking at the 2015-16 single-year data, Portland had an overall rating of 982. Baseball, men’s cross country, men’s tennis, men’s track, women’s soccer and women’s tennis each received a perfect APR score of 1,000 during the year.
Seven Pilot programs either maintained or increased their multi-year APR score from the previous year and seven teams posted scores at or above 985.
To compete in the 2017-18 postseason, teams must achieve a 930 four-year APR. NCAA member representatives chose the 930 standard because that score predicts a 50 percent graduation rate for the team. Additionally, teams must earn at least a 930 APR to avoid penalties.
In the 13 years of the Academic Performance Program, more than 15,000 former college athletes have earned APR points for their former teams by going back to school and earning their degrees. Each of those graduates earned APR points for their former team, but often don’t count toward the Graduation Success Rate or federal graduation rate because those rates only track students for six years after enrollment.
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