April 20, 2016
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) report for 2014-15 revealed that – for the sixth consecutive year – all of Iowa’s 24 sports programs were above the 930 threshold that signals a red flag with respect to academic progress. The highlights of results for the UI’s student-athletes include:
? Five UI sports teams posted all-time high scores. That list of sports includes Iowa’s football, men’s golf, men’s gymnastics, women’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving, and volleyball.
? The APR for 15 of the UI sports teams was equal to or better than the national average for their peer group. The list of 15 includes football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and wrestling programs.
? Men’s golf, women’s swimming and diving, and volleyball each ranked among the top 10 percent of their peers and were honored last week by the NCAA for that accomplishment.
? Men’s golf, women’s swimming and diving, and volleyball teams scored a perfect 1,000. It is the third straight year that the men’s golf team achieved this mark, and the second straight year the Hawkeye women’s swimming and diving, and volleyball teams each recorded a perfect score.
? The APR for 12 of Iowa’s programs either increased or held steady year-over-year.
? The largest increases in APR were achieved by Iowa’s men’s cross country (plus 15) and women’s tennis (plus 15) teams.
Every Division I sports team across the nation calculates its APR each academic year, similar to a report card. Scholarship student-athletes each semester earn one point for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating. As tracked through the APR, more than 14,000 former college athletes have returned to school to get their degrees since the NCAA created the measurement tool. Each of those students earns back a lost APR point for their team. Each of those graduates earned APR points for their team.