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Six Oregon Programs Improve APR Scores From Last Year
Release Date: 05/24/2011
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Six of the University of Oregon’s 18 NCAA intercollegiate athletics programs displayed improvements in the latest Academic Progress Rate reports released Tuesday by the national collegiate governing body, while a seventh maintained an identical perfect score as a year ago.

The University of Oregon’s men’s golf and tennis teams, as well as its women’s cross country, indoor track, outdoor track, and soccer squads, all posted better multi-year scores than in the previous reporting period.

Again heading the athletics department’s success in the classroom is the women’s golf team, which was publicly commended last week for posting a perfect APR score of 1000 for the sixth reporting period in a row.

The APR provides a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team as it relates to the program’s academic success. The formula includes the athletes’ eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation.

The multi-year data encompasses the academic progress of student-athletes during the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.

Other than the school’s women’s golf program, Oregon’s women’s outdoor track squad accumulated the next best score of 989. The Ducks’ women’s indoor track team was next with a score of 988, followed by the women’s cross country team (983), women’s lacrosse (980), women’s basketball (977), men’s golf (976) and women’s softball (974).

Yet it was the University’s men’s tennis team that posted the biggest improvement in multi-year tallies from a year ago, rising to 942 in the four-year study ending in 2009-10 after finishing at 927 in the previous account.

The women’s outdoor track team rose from 984 to 989, women’s indoor track from 986 to 988, men’s golf team from 974 to 976, the women’s cross country team from 982 to 983, while the women’s soccer team improved from 969 to 970.

Any team falling below the APR multi-year threshold of 925, is subject to penalties which could include a loss of scholarships.

No Oregon program accumulated a score below 934, with the Ducks’ men’s basketball team experiencing a single-year improvement of 912 (2009-10) compared to its score of 870 from the previous year (2008-09).

The women’s golf team’s perfect APR score of 1,000 for 2009-10 also was duplicated by the men’s golf team for the second year in a row.

In addition to the Oregon track program’s success on the field of competition, it also fares well in the classroom in comparison with its conference counterparts. Eight of the University’s sports rank among the upper half of the Pac-10 among their respective programs’ multi-year APR ratings, including women’s outdoor track (2nd), women’s indoor track (2nd of 8 schools sponsoring the sport), men’s outdoor track (4th of 9 schools), men’s indoor track (T3rd of 8 schools) and women’s cross country (5th).

Women’s golf ranks in a four-way tie for first, followed by women’s basketball (3rd) and men’s golf (5th).

Among the 11 Oregon programs that experienced a drop in multi-year scores compared to the previous reporting period, seven of the programs witnessed a decrease of 10 points or less.

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