The NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Rate report this week with Presbyterian College seeing continued success since its transition to Division I.  Two teams posted a perfect 1,000 on the multi-year rate, while an impressive 10 of 15 Blue Hose sports recorded single-year APRs of 1,000 for 2013-14.

"The APR shows that the student-athletes here at Presbyterian College put academics first," said Director of Athletics Brian Reese.  "I'd like to commend them for their hard work and dedication in the classroom.  The ability to balance being a student and a Division I athlete is a difficult one and they succeed in both."

The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14 academic years.  Women's soccer continues to set the mark for PC, having posted a 1,000 multi-year APR for the sixth straight year.  The team has been perfect since PC began reporting to the NCAA in 2008-09.  Men's tennis recorded its third straight 1,000 as well.  Both teams recently earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for their latest Academic Progress report scores.

Twelve PC teams maintained or improved their multi-year scores in 2013-14 from 2012-13, with men's golf making the biggest impact, moving up 37 points from 930 to 967.  Women's tennis improved by 20 points to 989, while women's basketball made a 10-point jump to 995.  Football (944) and volleyball (993) increased by six apiece, with the softball (980) and men's basketball (965) teams seeing a four-point jump.   Women's cross country (969) and men's cross country (982) saw their multi-year rates improve as well in 2013-14.  Women's golf maintained its 991.

All PC teams earned marks above the threshold set by the NCAA in which penalties could be enacted.  Women's lacrosse posted a multi-year score of 976, while men's soccer had a 934 and baseball had a 947.

The most recent four-year APR for Division I athletes is 978, of which eight Blue Hose teams exceed.

Earning single-year APR scores of 1,000 for 2013-14 were men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, softball, women's basketball, women's soccer and volleyball.

Football made one of the biggest jumps in its single-year APR, going from 931 in 2012-13, to 962 in 2013-14.  Due to the 31-point increase, the Blue Hose were honored with a FCS Athletics Directors Association (ADA) APR award for registering the greatest single-year APR score improvement in the Big South.

Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year. Scholarship student-athletes each semester receive one point for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face consequences, including practice restrictions and playing season reductions. Rates are an average of the past four years' performance. National aggregates are based on all teams with usable data at the time of analysis.

PC Multi-Year APR Scores
Baseball: 947
Football: 944
Men's Basketball: 965
Men's Cross Country: 982
Men's Golf: 967
Men's Soccer: 934
Men's Tennis: 1000
Softball: 980
Women's Basketball: 995
Women's Cross Country: 969
Women's Golf: 991
Women's Lacrosse: 976
Women's Soccer: 1000
Women's Tennis: 989
Volleyball: 993

2013-14 PC APR Scores
Baseball: 880
Football: 962
Men's Basketball: 975
Men's Cross Country: 1000
Men's Golf: 1000
Men's Soccer: 932
Men's Tennis: 1000
Softball: 1000
Women's Basketball: 1000
Women's Cross Country: 1000
Women's Golf: 1000
Women's Lacrosse: 979
Women's Soccer: 1000
Women's Tennis: 1000
Volleyball: 1000