PC Posts Solid Numbers in Academic Progress Report
The NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Report this week with Presbyterian College seeing continued improvements.
"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 an athlete is a difficult one and they succeed in both."
Women's soccer continues to set the mark for PC, having posted a 1,000 for the third straight year. The team has been perfect since PC began reporting to the NCAA in 2008-09.
Eight PC teams maintained or improved their scores in 2010-11 from 2009-10, with men's golf making the biggest impact, moving up 16 points from 915 to 931.
Women's basketball improved by 13 points, from 964 to 975, while women's tennis made a 12-point jump, from 944 to 956.
Men's basketball (967), men's tennis (967), women's lacrosse (978) and volleyball (989) saw their multi-year rates improve as well in 2010-11.
All PC teams earned marks above the threshold set by the NCAA in which penalties could be enacted. Baseball posted a score of 984, with football dropping by just two points with a 960. Men's cross country recorded a 952, while men's soccer came in with a 956. Women's cross country, softball and women's golf, which both had perfect scores of 1,000 in the two previous years each, had a 966, 988 and 990, respectively.
Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Rates are based on the past four years' performance.
This is the seventh year of immediate (or contemporaneous) penalties for teams that score below 930 APR (increased from 925 this year) and have a student-athlete who leaves school academically ineligible.