All 21 University of Alabama athletics teams continue to score well above the national cutoff standard in the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR), which the NCAA announced this week. Figures released cover the four-year period extending from the 2017-18 through 2020-21 school years. The public announcement of APRs returned after a one-year hiatus.
Overall, 16 Crimson Tide teams posted scores above the national average in their respective sports, led by football, which bettered the national average by 28 points with a program record of 997, and men’s basketball, which set a program record of 1,000, bettering the national average by 32 points.
In addition to football and men’s basketball, women’s basketball (991) and soccer (1,000) set new program records for APR. A total of eight additional teams tied their program record, including men’s golf (1,000), women’s golf (1,000), gymnastics (1,000), women’s tennis (1,000), volleyball (1,000), men’s swimming and diving (996), men’s tennis (993) and women’s track and field (991). Women’s golf has posted a perfect APR a total of 11 times since the metric came into being.
A total of 12 Crimson Tide programs ranked in the top three among Southeastern Conference teams in their respective sports, with men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, gymnastics, soccer, women’s tennis and volleyball ranked No. 1. Football and men’s swimming and diving ranked second in the SEC, with football ranking third nationally among FBS schools. Baseball, softball and women’s swimming and diving all checked in at No. 3 in the league among their respective sports.
Seven Alabama teams – men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, gymnastics, soccer women’s tennis and volleyball – earned a perfect 1,000 APR. Those teams were joined by football (997), softball (997), men’s swimming and diving (996), women’s swimming and diving (996), rowing (995), men’s tennis (993) women’s basketball (991) and women’s track ( 991) among the 15 UA programs with scores of 990 or better.
The Academic Progress Rate measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. It also serves as a predictor of graduation success. The NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors set cut scores of 930 (out of 1,000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face possible immediate and historical sanctions.
*** This information was acquired from a recent press release from Alabama Athletics.
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