THE FLATS – Each of Georgia Tech’s 15 athletics programs boast a multiyear NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) higher than the national average in their respective sports, according to data released by the NCAA on Wednesday. Georgia Tech is the only institution from a Power Five conference (Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, Southeastern Conference) that has a multiyear APR higher than the national average in each of its sports.
APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. It measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. The most recent multiyear scores are based on the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.
APR scores are measured on a scale of 1,000 with the threshold for penalties set at 930. In the latest APR data, two Georgia Tech teams (golf and men’s tennis) posted perfect multiyear scores of 1,000, 14-of-15 programs had scores of 980 or higher and all 15 of the Yellow Jackets’ squads came in at 971 or higher.
Six Georgia Tech teams (women’s basketball, men’s cross country, football, golf, men’s tennis and women’s track & field) have multiyear APR scores that are 10 or more points higher than the national average for their sports.
Additionally, six of Tech’s 15 programs recorded a perfect single-year APR for 2017-18: baseball, men’s basketball, golf, softball, women’s swimming & diving and men’s tennis.
“Each of our sports having an APR that is higher than the national average is a great point of pride for our athletics department and our Institute,” director of athletics Todd Stansbury said. “I congratulate and thank our student-athletes and coaches for their continued dedication to academics, and also thank our academic support staff, as well as the Institute’s administration and professors, for all that they do to help develop our student-athletes – the young people who will change the world.”
Last week, two Georgia Tech programs (golf and men’s tennis) received NCAA Public Recognition Awards for ranking among the top 10 nationally in their respective sports. The Yellow Jackets’ golf team earned its 14th-straight Public Recognition Award, continuing its streak of earning the honor every year since the inception of the APR program in 2006. Among Power 5 conferences, head coach Bruce Heppler’s program is one of two men’s golf teams and 16 programs overall that have earned all 14 Public Recognition Awards.
Amazingly, Georgia Tech golf has had a perfect APR score of 1,000 each of the 14 years since the metric was introduced.
GEORGIA TECH MULTIYEAR APR SCORES (2014-15 through 2017-18)
Golf: 1,000 (national average: 985)
Men’s Tennis: 1,000 (national average: 983)
Women’s Swimming & Diving: 998 (national average: 993)
Women’s Cross Country: 996 (national average: 989)
Women’s Basketball: 995 (national average: 982)
Men’s Cross Country: 995 (national average: 982)
Volleyball: 995 (national average: 987)
Softball: 993 (national average: 986)
Women’s Track & Field: 993 (national average: 983)
Women’s Tennis: 992 (national average: 990)
Men’s Swimming & Diving: 989 (national average: 982)
Baseball: 983 (national average: 976)
Men’s Track & Field: 981 (national average: 973)
Football: 980 (national average: 968)
Men’s Basketball: 971 (national average: 967)