Good News For UW Athletics In Latest NCAA APRs
June 9, 2010
SEATTLE - There was plenty of good news for UW athletics today when the NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) statistics. Nine of the Huskies' 21 programs recorded a perfect score for the latest academic year and all remain well above minimum standards.
Washington's men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, women's golf, softball and gymnastics teams all scored a perfect 1,000 for the 2008-09 school year, the academic year that is covered by today's release.
The APR, a metric established by the NCAA to track the academic progress of student-athletes, is released annually. Today's announcement not only covered 2008-09, and also provided an average score for the last four school years.
Sports programs that do not meet a minimum standard may be penalized with scholarship reductions.
No UW program has ever been penalized in the six-year history of the APR and this year is no different, as each team's average is well above the standard.
"I am very proud of our student-athletes who continue to focus on their studies as well as their athletic endeavors, and I want to recognize the efforts of our coaching staff and our academic support staff who make academic success a priority," said UW athletic director Scott Woodward. "The University of Washington provides a tremendous opportunity for student-athletes to compete at the highest levels of intercollegiate competition and to gain an education at one of the world's premier public research institutions."
The Husky women's golf program continued an unbroken stretch of perfect scores, maintaining a 1,000 for the sixth straight year.
The men's basketball program also provided a highlight, as the Huskies' four-year average of 990 ranks first in the Pac-10 and 10th in all of NCAA Division I (see chart below).
NCAA Division I APR Ranked by Four-Year Average -- Men's Basketball
1. Butler 1000 2. Princeton 996 3. Belmont 995 BYU 995 George Mason 995 North Carolina 995 Penn State 995 8. Bucknell 994 9. Harvard 991 10. Washington 990 Elon 990 Loyola (Ill.) 990 West Virginia 990