The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s cross country and women’s volleyball teams have been recognized by the NCAA for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores – the most for a single school in the Missouri Valley Conference. These teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.
"The University is proud of the commitment to academic success shown by our student-athletes, coaches and staff on a daily basis," UNI Director of Athletics Troy Dannen said. "The NCAA's recognition of these five teams' academic success validates that commitment, and earns Panther athletics an admirable place relative to our peers. Panther athletics will continue to emphasize academic, athletic and social performance as the foundation for excellence among our 400 student-athletes."
The UNI men’s basketball program is the only Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball school to be listed in the top 10 percent.
This is the eighth year the NCAA has recognized programs for their APRs, and volleyball has been recognized all eight years. This is the third consecutive year and fourth overall that the women's cross country squad has been recognized, also finishing in the top 10 percent in 2004-05, 2009-10 and 2010-11. This is the second straight year the UNI men’s golf team has attained the top-10 percent honor.
Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multi-year NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
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.