May 2, 2007
All Georgia Tech teams exceeded the NCAA standard in the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR), announced Wednesday.
The latest NCAA data is a multiyear rate for each sport, based on an average of the 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 academic years.
Under the APR formula, each scholarship student-athlete is scored each semester, receiving one point for remaining academically eligible and one point for being retained. One point is deducted for each student-athlete who is not academically eligible, and one point is deducted for each student-athlete who leaves school due to academic status or transfer to another institution. The NCAA has established a score of 925 (out of 1000) as acceptable for each sport.
Every Tech program is above the 925 threshold, including the Yellow Jackets’ nationally-ranked golf program, which achieved a perfect score in the three-year compilation. Other extremely high rates include the Tech women’s swimming program at 996, women’s tennis and women’s cross country at 990, women’s indoor track at 987 and baseball at 974. Tech football is at 959, men’s basketball at 944 and women’s basketball at 970.
Included in the three-year rate are strong performances for Tech teams in the 2005-06 year in particular. Six Yellow Jacket programs — men’s golf, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country — achieved perfect 1000 scores for 2005-06. The Tech football program showed an improvement from 953 to 979 for 2005-06.
“It goes without saying that our primary mission is the education of our student-athletes,” said Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich. “We’re very pleased with the performance of all our programs, and we continue to strive for improvement. This latest data is a positive reflection on the type of student-athletes that our coaches are recruiting as well as the academic support system that we have in place.”