IOWA CITY, Iowa — The NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) report for 2015-16 revealed that – for the seventh 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:
- Men’s golf, men’s gymnastics, and women’s swimming and diving scored a perfect 1,000. It is the fourth straight year that the men’s golf team achieved this mark, and the third straight year the Hawkeye women’s swimming and diving team recorded a perfect score. Those three teams each ranked among the top 10 percent of their peers and were honored last week by the NCAA for that accomplishment.
- Fifteen Hawkeye teams (women’s basketball, men’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s golf, men’s gymnastics, women’s gymnastics, rowing, softball, women’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track & field, women’s track & field, wrestling) earned a score at or above their multiyear APR score from last year.
- The largest increases in APR were achieved by Iowa’s men’s cross country (plus 32) and men’s track and field (plus 11) 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.