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All of UNCW’s intercollegiate athletic teams have achieved solid scores on the Academic Progress Rates (APR) report released for the 11th consecutive year by the NCAA.
The report comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that the UNCW baseball and women’s tennis teams Public Recognition Awards for placing among the top 10 percent nationally in the classroom in their sport.
“We’re very pleased with the academic progress of our student-athletes,” said Jimmy Bass, UNCW’s athletic director. “It’s a difficult balance because of the many time demands during the school year, but they continue to excel each year. I want to personally congratulate all of our student-athletes for their hard work and dedication in the classroom.”
Every NCAA Division I team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility, graduation and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face consequences, such as practice restrictions and restrictions on postseason competition. Rates are based on the past four years’ performance and the most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
In order to compete in the 2014-15 postseason, teams must achieve either a 930 multi-year APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years. UNCW’s four-year score in men’s basketball is just under the 922 threshold, but a 980 score in 2011-12 and a perfect 1000 score last year give the Seahawks a 990 average, well above the 940 score required in the most recent two years.