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Hurricanes Score High Marks in Latest APR Report

Nine teams scored 990 or better out of a possible 1,000 points.


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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami athletic teams continue to make the grade as the latest Academic Progress Rate statistics were released Wednesday by the NCAA. Last week, five Hurricanes teams were given APR Public Recognition Awards for being in the top 10 percent of their respective sports.

In the last NCAA APR report, based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years, every Miami program registered an APR score of at least 960 and no teams are subject to penalty.

Nine teams scored 990 or better out of a possible 1,000 points - men’s basketball (990), men’s XC (1000), men’s diving (1000), men’s tennis (992), women’s XC (1000), golf (991), soccer (991), women’s swimming (1000) and volleyball (995).

Miami is one of only 17 FBS schools (and one of four ACC schools) to score a 970 or higher in football, men’s basketball and baseball. Men’s basketball ranked 13th among FBS institutions, while football had the 25th-best score.

“Our continued APR success is credited to the academic commitment made by our student-athletes, coaches and our academic services staff,” Miami AD Blake James said. “We continue to be very proud of our student-athletes’ performance and dedication in the classroom.”

The Academic Progress Rate, a multi-year rate based on the most recent four years of data, is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. The most recent APR scores are based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. This year marks the 10th year of APR data for most teams.

In the fall of 2011, the Division I Board of Directors approved tougher academic standards, including setting a new standard that teams must meet to participate in postseason competition. The goal of the NCAA’s academic performance program is improvement, not punishment. Not only does the program ensure accountability for student-athletes, teams and institutions, but also it provides fairness by considering individual circumstances per team and school. Under the revised penalty structure, the Division I Board of Directors has set a cut score of 930 (out of 1,000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face possible sanctions. As was also the case a year ago, no sports from any ACC institutions are subject to penalties from this year’s APR release.

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SPORT                          SCORE
Baseball                       973

Men’s Basketball                     990

Men’s Cross Country                        1000

Diving                         1000

Football                       972

Men’s Tennis                         992

Men’s Indoor Track                          975

Men’s Outdoor Track                          976

Women’s Basketball                     960

Women’s Cross Country                        1000

Golf                           991

Rowing                         960

Soccer                         991

Women’s Swimming                       1000

Women’s Tennis                         966

Women’s Indoor Track                          979

Women’s Outdoor Track                          979