What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State had eight teams post a multiyear APR score above 980 in the latest release from the NCAA on Wednesday.
* All Georgia State programs well exceeded the minimum APR scores for postseason inclusion.
* As previously announced, three programs (men's soccer, softball and women's golf) received perfect 1,000 multiyear APR scores.
ATLANTA – Georgia State student-athletes have once again performed well in the classroom according to NCAA statistics released Wednesday as part of the Academic Progress Rate (APR) update.
Among the highlights of the report were eight Panther squads posting multiyear APR averages above 980 – including perfect scores of 1000 by men's soccer, softball and women's golf to rank within the top 10 percent of teams in the country. Along with the perfect scores for those three programs, men's golf (986), cross country (984), women's soccer (987) and court volleyball (995) all exceed 980 in the annual report. Beach volleyball also posted a perfect score of 1,000 but is still considered in a transitional phase for the sport.
Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one retention point for staying in school and one eligibility point for being academically eligible. The total points for the team are divided by points possible and multiplied by 1,000 to create the APR score.
Per the NCAA, the 2015-16 overall four-year rate is 981, up two points from the four-year rate announced last year. Three-point improvements in baseball and football four-year rates contributed to that increase. Baseball teams earned a 973 four-year rate (up from 970), and football teams earned a 962 (up from 959). In addition, men's basketball teams earned a 966 four-year rate (up from 964), and women's basketball teams earned a 980 (up from 978).
In the 13 years of the Academic Performance Program, more than 15,000 former college athletes have earned APR points for their former teams by going back to school and earning their degrees. More than 8,000 competed in baseball, men's basketball, football and women's basketball — the highest-profile sports in Division I. Each of those graduates earned APR points for their former team, but often don't count toward the Graduation Success Rate or federal graduation rate because those rates only track students for six years after enrollment.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation, and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. Teams can face sanctions such as scholarship losses and restriction on practice for falling below certain thresholds.
APR results for each team, school, conference and sport are available here: http://web1.ncaa.org/maps/titedtwgteitsgiaprRelease.jsp
APR team results for each head coach is available here: