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