Duquesne Excels in NCAA Division I 2009-10 Academic Progress Rate Institutional Report
May 24, 2011
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne's men's cross country, men's outdoor track and lacrosse programs all scored a perfect 1,000 for the 2009-10 academic year and 14 of DU's 16 athletics programs scored above the national average in its sport according to the latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) report released on May 24.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes both retention at an institution and academic eligibility in its calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The current multi-year APR report covers the 2006-07 through 2009-10 academic years.
The men's basketball program showed an APR jump of 45 points to 960 for the largest multi-year rate improvement among Duquesne's athletics programs. The 960 total is well above the men's basketball four-year national APR average of 945. Six programs scored 990 or above including women's lacrosse (994), men's outdoor track (992), men's cross country (991), women's basketball (991), women's rowing (991) and women's outdoor track (990).
A score of 925 or higher puts a program in good standing with the NCAA with 1,000 serving as the maximum score.
The APR, a metric established by the NCAA to track the academic progress of student-athletes, is released annually. Teams that do not score well can be hit with penalties, of which may include scholarship losses.
Duquesne programs have been recognized by the NCAA for placing among the top 10 percent nationally in their respective sports 16 times. No DU program has been penalized in the seven-year history of the APR. (This is the sixth year of immediate - or contemporaneous - penalties for teams that score below 925 APR and have a student-athlete who leaves school academically ineligible.)
The goal of the NCAA's academic performance program is improvement, not punishment. Not only does the program ensure accountability for student-athletes, teams and institutions, but also it provides fairness by considering individual circumstances per team and school.