WKU volleyball earns national APR honor

17 05 2011

The Western Kentucky volleyball team earned an NCAA public recognition award for its Academic Progress Rate success over a multi-year platform.

The volleyballers were the only WKU athletic team to earn the honor.

Sticking with APR – new updated data is expected to be availiable on May 24.

For those of you who have no idea what APR is, well, here’s the simplest description I can find.

The APR is calculated by allocating points for eligibility and retention — the two factors that research identifies as the best indicators of graduation. Each player on a given roster earns a maximum of two points per term, one for being academically eligible and one for staying with the institution. A team’s APR is the total points of a team’s roster at a given time divided by the total points possible. Since this results in a decimal number, the CAP decided to multiply it by 1,000 for ease of reference. Thus, a raw APR score of .925 translates into the 925 that will become the standard terminology. – Gary Brown, NCAA News Online

For the record, a 925 is the NCAA mandated score.

Here’s WKU’s release on the volleyball honor.

Western Kentucky University’s women’s volleyball team has been honored by the NCAA for their academic superiority after posting a multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top 10 percent of all NCAA Division I teams in their respective sport.  It marks the sixth consecutive year WKU’s women’s volleyball program has been recognized for the top 10 percent distinction.WKU’s volleyball program was one of only seven teams from all sports in the state of Kentucky to receive the top 10% honor, joining the University of Louisville (two teams), Murray State (two teams), Eastern Kentucky (one team) and Morehead State (one team).  WKU’s volleyball program was also one of 10 programs from the Sun Belt Conference to be honored.

“Our program has achieved success on many levels over the past several years, but none give me more pride than what our student athletes have done in the classroom,” said WKU head volleyball coach Travis Hudson.  “WKU provides a tremendous support system for our student athletes and that, combined with our players’ commitment to academics, has produced our tremendous APR score.”

Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced May 24.  The announcement also will include immediate and historical penalties for low-performing teams.

“Most student-athletes excel at balancing their academic and athletics commitments, yet each year there are those who perform at extraordinary levels,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “By achieving the highest levels of academic success as a team, these young men and women truly embody what it means to be a successful NCAA student-athlete.”

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship.  The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear measure of each team’s academic performance.   The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years. The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort.

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