May 6, 2008
ATLANTA – All Georgia Tech teams exceeded the NCAA standard in the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR), announced Tuesday.
The latest NCAA data is a multiyear rate for each sport, based on an average of the 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 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 for the second consecutive year. Other extremely high rates include the Tech women’s swimming program at 997, women’s cross country at 993, women’s volleyball and outdoor track at 990 each, women’s indoor track at 988, women’s tennis at 985, men’s swimming at 975 and baseball at 974. Tech football is at 951, men’s basketball at 931 and women’s basketball at 957.
Among men’s sports at Tech, golf is in the 90th-100th percentile rank within its sport and within all sports, while baseball is within the 80th-90th percentile within its sport, and football is within the 70th-80th percentile within its sport. Among women’s sports, swimming is in the top 10 percent both within its sport and among all sports, while indoor and outdoor track and volleyball each are in the top 20 percent in both groups.
“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.”