Record APR Scores For Cal Football, Men's Basketball

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By Cal Athletics
Posted May 10, 2017
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BERKELEY- Extending a steady upward trend over the past several years, Cal's football and men's basketball programs both produced their highest Academic Progress Rate scores ever, according to data released by the NCAA Wednesday. The numbers also indicate that the vast majority of Golden Bear student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom, including seven programs that posted perfect 1,000 scores.
Overall, 22 of 25 measured teams produced a four-year APR of at least 970, and 13 programs registered scores of 980 or higher. A school-record seven teams earned NCAA Public Recognition for their performances, all with scores of 1,000 (the highest possible) -women's golf, women's gymnastics, women's lacrosse, men's and women's tennis, women's volleyball and men's water polo.

"The scores we see are the result of a lot of hard work on behalf of coaches, staff and the staff at the Athletic Study Center," Director of Athletics Mike Williams said. "But ultimately, it is our 850 student-athletes who deserve the credit. They are the ones who have the desire and motivation to perform well in their coursework, and together they have established a culture of high academic achievement that complements their athletic experience."

Men's basketball's one-year APR for the 2015-16 academic year was 1,000, the second year in a row the program reached the threshold. The squad's four-year APR averaged moved up to 970, which is 31 points higher than it was just three years ago.

Similarly, football registered it's best-ever four-year APR with a score of 978, up 33 points over the past four years. The team's one-year APR was 991, which followed a 997 from the previous year's results. The 991 score was also second highest among all football programs in the Pac-12 for 2015-16.

"After a period of less-than-satisfactory results, we have seen tremendous academic improvement in both our football and men's basketball programs," Williams said. "One of our primary goals as a department is to offer a comprehensive student-athlete experience, which includes providing the resources necessary for success both academically and athletically. The steps we have taken over the past few years are producing their desired outcome, and these scores help demonstrate that student-athletes can and do excel in all their endeavors at our university."

In all, a school-record 14 teams had one-year APR scores of 1,000 for the 2015-16 academic year. In addition to men's basketball, they were: men's and women's cross country, women's golf, women's gymnastics, women's lacrosse, softball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, volleyball, and men's and women's water polo.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.

Results are not tabulated for men's crew and rugby, which are not NCAA sports, or beach volleyball. Teams must compile a multi-year score of 930 or higher or risk losing eligibility to compete in NCAA postseason championships.
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