MU teams set academic marks for 2016-17 year
HUNTINGTON — Marshall University had five athletic programs earn a perfect single-year NCAA Academic Progress Rate score for the 2016-17 school year.
Another five Marshall programs either improved or equaled their multiyear APR score from last year. Four of those programs set a record for best APR since it became a metric for Division I academic performance in 2003.
Marshall women’s basketball, women’s golf, softball, women’s swimming and diving and women’s volleyball programs all had perfect single-year APR scores of 1,000. Swimming and diving and volleyball recorded a perfect APR for the third consecutive year.
Five programs — men’s cross country, women’s basketball, women’s swimming and diving, women’s track and field and women’s volleyball — have a multiyear APR average higher than the national average. The multiyear scores cover the academic years 2012-13 through 2015-16.
The multiyear APR scores for women’s basketball (995), women’s swimming and diving (1,000) and women’s volleyball (995) are the highest ever for those programs at Marshall. The men’s basketball program’s score of 965 tied its record of two years ago.
The NCAA Division I academic progress rates system was implemented in 2003 as part of “an ambitious academic reform effort,” according to the NCAA’s website. The APR holds institutions accountable for academic progress of student-athletes through a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for each academic term.