GREENVILLE, S.C. – Twelve Furman sports topped the national average in Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, as released by the National Collegiate Athletics Association this week.
Three Furman teams, including men's track, women's soccer, and men's soccer, earned a Public Recognition Award for scoring multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent nationally. Women's soccer posted a perfect score of 1,000, while four additional Paladin teams, baseball (990), men's soccer (996), men's track (995), and softball (993), joined the Paladin women's soccer team in leading the Southern Conference in APR.
The NCAA's APR scores are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16 academic years. The APR report is part of the NCAA's overall Division I academic reform effort. This year marks the 13th year of APR data for most teams.
The Academic Progress Rate is a real-time measure of eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team, which has been shown to predict later graduation success. In order to compete in the 2017-18 postseason, teams must achieve a 930 multi-year APR. NCAA member campuses and conferences in Division I decided to move to the 930 standard because it predicts roughly a 50-percent graduation rate.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information