The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s cross country, women’s soccer 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 for the second consecutive year. These teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.
“We are 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 six teams' achievement in the classroom 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 of excellence among our 400 student-athletes.”
UNI’s average APR score for all of its teams is 984. A perfect score in the APR is 1000. Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one retention point for staying in school and one eligibility point for being academically eligible. A team’s total points are divided by the points possible and then multiplied by one thousand to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate score.
For the second consecutive year, 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 ninth year the NCAA has recognized programs for their APRs, and UNI volleyball has been recognized all nine years. This is the fourth consecutive year and fifth overall that the women's cross country squad has been recognized, also finishing in the top 10 percent in 2004-05, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12. This is the third straight year the UNI men’s golf team has attained the top-10 percent honor. It is the second consecutive top-10 percent honor for the UNI women’s golf squad.
Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear 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. This year's release will again include recognition in the sport of football by subdivision (i.e., Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision).
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.
Four University of Northern Iowa athletic teams scored a perfect APR score of 1,000 for the 2012-13 academic year. Women's Volleyball, women's cross country, women's golf and men's golf all tallied an APR score of 1,000 in 2012-13.