CHAPEL HILL - The University of North Carolina had 18 sports with a four-year Academic Progress Rate of 980 or higher according to figures released today by the NCAA. The 18 sports include six programs that scored a perfect 1000 and another half dozen that scored 990 or higher.
The NCAA tracks classroom performance of student-athletes through the APR. The score measures eligibility and retention each semester at every NCAA institution. The APRs released on Wednesday are four-year rates that reflect scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
The six programs with a perfect multi-year rate of 1000 are women's fencing, women's golf, gymnastics, rowing, women's tennis and volleyball. Men's cross country, women's cross country, women's lacrosse, men's swimming and diving, women's swimming and diving and men's tennis earned multi-year rates at least 990 for the most recent four-year period. UNC's overall average for all sports for the past four years was 979.
The NCAA also released APRs for the 2012-13 academic year and showed that 22 of Carolina's sports exceeded the national average for their respective sports.
Thirteen sports scored 1000 and 22 scored 975 or better for the 2012-13 academic year. Carolina's overall average for that year was 981. The 13 sports with a 1000 in 2012-13 include women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, women's fencing, field hockey, women's golf, gymnastics, rowing, softball, women's swimming and diving, men's tennis, women's tennis and volleyball.
"The academic environment at UNC is exceptional and I am proud to say that the young men and women who represent it athletically continue to succeed in the classroom," says Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. "Any score short of a perfect 1000 either in a single year or over a four-year period gives us room for improvement. However, more than 60 percent of our programs have a four-year score of 980 or better, which is outstanding.
"Some of our teams can do better and are working diligently at improving their scores," adds Cunningham. "A group including (Director of Academic Support for Student-Athletes) Michelle Brown, Faculty Athletics Representative Lissa Broome and Associate Athletic Director Paul Pogge worked this year with each head coach and sport to construct improvement plans specifically for each respective program. We know we must pay particular attention to those sports that across the nation have trended toward lower scores, especially the ones where there are professional opportunities that tend to impact APR scores. Sports that have professional opportunities and those that have fewer people on the roster are a challenge because their APRs can fluctuate easily based on the results of just a few people. But overall we are pleased with the majority of the scores and congratulate the students and coaches for their commitment to academic achievement."