Tech Teams Shine in Academic Progress Report (APR)

May 6, 2009

ATLANTA – The Academic Progress Report (APR), released today by the NCAA, reveals that the majority of Georgia Tech student-athletes are excelling in the classroom and progressing towards graduation.

The data released by the NCAA includes the past four academic years – from 2004-05 through 2007-08. Each individual team is given a grade up to 1,000 for each of those years as well as the past four years combined.

Using single-year data for the 2007-08 academic year, seven Georgia Tech teams earned a perfect score of 1,000 or 100 percent: baseball, men’s and women’s cross country, golf, men’s tennis, softball and volleyball.

Using multi-year data (2004-05 through 2007-08), thirteen of Georgia Tech’s 17 teams generated an APR higher than the average produced by all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools.

“While we’ll never be content with our numbers, we are pleased that the overwhelming majority of our student-athletes and teams are making strides in the classroom,” athletic director Dan Radakovich said. “Credit goes to our coaches, our academic support staff and the student-athletes.”

Three Georgia Tech teams – baseball, golf and volleyball – received NCAA Public Recognition Awards on April 22 by producing an APR ranked in the top 10 percent nationally within their respective sport.

More information resulting from Wednesday’s Academic Progress Report announcement:

— Using the multi-year data (APR over the last four years combined), 10 Yellow Jacket teams either improved or stayed the same compared to this date one year ago (see list below). The volleyball and golf teams both own perfect scores of 1,000, followed by women’s swimming (994), women’s cross country (993) and baseball (989).

— Tech’s football program earned a multi-year rate of 957, which significantly exceeds the average produced by all FBS teams (941) and all Division I (both FBS and FCS) teams (939). Every member of Paul Johnson’s 2008 football team was academically eligible to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, and a record 29 Yellow Jacket football players earned Dean’s List honors.

— The Tech baseball team’s multi-year rate of 989 easily surpassed the rate of 939 for all Division I schools. All four student-athletes who left Tech for professional baseball would have met all eligibility requirements had they remained at Georgia Tech.

— The Yellow Jacket men’s basketball team multi-year rate dipped below the 925 threshold, which triggers an automatic penalty in the loss of two scholarships. Tech learned in June (2008) that this would be the likely outcome for the men’s basketball program and elected to forego two scholarships for the 2008-09 season, playing with 11 scholarship players instead of the maximum of 13. Because of this action, Georgia Tech anticipates utilizing all 13 scholarships for the 2009-10 season.

Multi-Year Rate Comparison by Sport:

Team 2006-07 2007-08Baseball                974    *989Men's Basketball        931     914Men's Cross Country     950     974Football                951     957Golf                   1000   *1000Men's Swimming          975     970Men's Tennis            959     961Men's Indoor Track      951     955Men's Outdoor Track     949     953Women's Basketball      957     952Women's Cross Country   993     993Softball                967     981Women's Swimming        997     994Women's Tennis          985     978Women's Indoor Track    988     986Women's Outdoor Track   990     988Volleyball              990   *1000

*Earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards by finishing in the top 10 percent nationally within that sport

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