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Georgia Southerns teams make the grade for NCAAs APR
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Multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores for nine Georgia Southern athletics programs, including football and men’s basketball, improved for the reporting period ending with the 2011-12 academic year, according to the most recent data provided by the NCAA. All 15 programs surpassed the 900 multi-year threshold for possible sanctions.

Eight programs improved their single-year scores, while the swimming and diving program recorded a perfect 1,000 for the second straight season. Golf, men’s soccer, women’s tennis and volleyball also posted perfect single-year scores of 1,000. Football and men’s basketball improved both their multi-year and single-year scores.

“We continue to see progress, not only in the multi-year APR scores, but also in the other indicators of academic success,” said director of athletics Tom Kleinlein. “Over 190 student-athletes posted a 3.0 GPA or better in the spring, and the combined GPA for all student-athletes was a 3.03. The university has provided the resources and staff, and the hard work and dedication of our academic support team along with our coaches has continued to reinforce our primary commitment to making sure our student-athletes are excelling in their academic responsibilities.”

The NCAA initiated APR as a means for providing intercollegiate athletics programs with a snapshot of a team’s academic success and progress of individual student-athletes, accounting for eligibility, retention and graduation. APR for each institution is calculated as follows: each student-athlete on scholarship, full or partial, in every intercollegiate sport, accounts for four APR “points” every academic year — two for the fall semester and two for the spring semester. One point is given for a student-athlete remaining academically eligible and the other point is given for continued enrollment at the respective institution.

Each student-athlete can earn a maximum of four points each year. Single-year APR data covers the 2011-12 academic year only and is calculated by dividing the number of points earned by an individual sport’s student-athletes by the number of points possible and then multiplying by 1,000.

2011-12 APR (Multi-Year APR)
Baseball - 980 (952)
Football - 972 (939)
Men’s Basketball - 935 (921)
Golf - 1,000 (982)
Men’s Soccer - 1,000 (948)
Men’s Tennis - 964 (980)
Softball - 989 (978)
Women’s Basketball - 952 (972)
Cross Country - 950 (987)
Women’s Soccer - 946 (966)
Swimming & Diving - 1,000 (993)
Women’s Tennis - 1,000 (992)
Track & Field (Indoor) - 947 (946)
Track & Field (Outdoor) - 951 (952)
Volleyball - 1,000 (985)