Low APR affects four Alabama State sportsPublished 3:51pm Tuesday, June 11, 2013
From Alabama State Sports Information Department
MONTGOMERY – A total of 12 Alabama State University athletics programs scored at or above the national average when the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released its annual academic progress ratings Tuesday. Of ASU’s 18 athletics programs, four did not meet qualifications for post-season eligibility in the upcoming school year.
The Academic Progress Rate (APR) is a four-year average based on the school’s overall student-athlete eligibility, and graduation and retention rates for student-athletes who participated during the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years. The APR also serves as a predictor of graduation success.
A total of four ASU programs scored 960 or above over the four-year period: women’s cross country (990), women’s indoor track (970), women’s outdoor track (969) and women’s tennis (961).
Seven teams scored between 925-959: soccer (952), men’s cross country (943), women’s basketball (946), men’s golf (938), men’s tennis (929), men’s outdoor track (926), and men’s indoor track (925).
Alabama State’s softball (898) and bowling (868) programs are not subject to postseason bans, based on the graduation success rate (softball) and squad size (bowling).
Based on the multi-year report, four sports received postseason bans for the 2013-14 season: volleyball (889), football (866), baseball (864) and men’s basketball (821). The University has requested waivers of the initial decisions rendered on these post-season bans.
“We have and will continuously review and implement measures to provide essential academic resources for our student-athletes,” said Interim President William H. Harris. “Although we have seen improvements in all areas, we are committed to assuring that athletic programs meet or exceed the established standards. We take the development of our student-athletes very seriously and are committed to addressing every matter that is a barrier to the success of our athletic program. As such, we have made both staff and coaching changes to help to improve the academic preparedness and performance our student athletes. We have thoroughly reviewed the NCAA’s report and have submitted waivers for review of the sanctions. We are optimistic for favorable outcomes for the upcoming seasons.”