Duquesne Shines in Latest APR Report
June 11, 2010
Duquesne's women's basketball and women's lacrosse programs were recognized by the NCAA for placing among the top 10 percent nationally in their respective sports in the latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) report released on June 9.
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.
Thirteen of DU's 16 athletics programs scored above the NCAA Division I average.
A score of 925 or higher puts a program in good standing with the NCAA and a 1,000 is a perfect score. The women's basketball multi-year average was 995, while lacrosse scored 1,000.
The APR, a metric established by the NCAA to track the academic progress of student-athletes, is released annually. Wednesday's announcement not only covered 2008-09, it also provided an average score for the last four school years. Teams that do not score well can be hit with scholarship losses.
The effort is part of a public-recognition program the Division I Board of Directors approved in January 2006. In 2007, 839 teams were recognized, in 2008 712 were honored, last year the number was 767 - and in 2010 a record 841 teams were honored.
In the past four years, Duquesne programs have been recognized 11 times. No DU program has been penalized in the six-year history of the APR.