Eight UH teams score above national APR average

University of Hawaii at Manoa student-athletes continued to show improvement in the latest Academic Performance Rate (APR), according to figures released by the NCAA Wednesday.

Eight of UHM's 18 sport programs posted multiyear rates higher than their sport's respective national averages, baseball (968 / national average: 965), football (962 / national average: 949), men's swimming and diving (980 / national average: 974), women's cross country (986 / national average: 981), softball (980 / national average: 978), women's swimming and diving (995 / national average: 985), women's indoor track and field (982 / national average: 974) and women's outdoor track and field (982 / national average: 975). The multiyear rate includes single-year scores from the past four academic years.

In addition, six programs posted higher multiyear rates compared to last year, including football, which posted the biggest jump from 951 to 962. Football, softball (980) and women's swimming and diving (995) recorded its highest multiyear scores ever.

According to the NCAA, the average national APR score for all sports was 974.

For the recently completed spring semester, the cumulative grade point average for all student-athletes was a record 3.03. Sixty-one percent, or 286 student-athletes, achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the spring, which includes 57 football student-athletes.

"Our scores reflect the attitude and commitment of our student-athletes toward academics and graduation," said UHM Athletics Director Ben Jay. "One of top priorities as an athletics department is to graduate our student-athletes and I'm pleased our numbers continue to rise. Our GPAs are at record levels and that is a direct reflection of our dedicated academic staff and coaches who instill the importance of academics."

Two teams – men's golf and men's tennis – posted perfect single-year scores of 1,000 for the 2011-12 academic year. A total of seven programs recorded higher single-year scores than the previous year, a slight drop off from last year in which nine teams posted higher single-year scores from the previous year.

The program posting the highest single-year improvement from the previous year was men's tennis (933 to 1,000). In addition, men's golf (944 to 1,000), football (945 to 984), women's golf (944 to 966), and men's swimming and diving (957 to 976) recorded double-digit improvements.

The APR is calculated based on the number of student-athletes who are academically eligible to compete, the number who remain at UHM, and the number who graduate within five years.  Teams with a four-year score below 930 can be penalized by a loss of scholarships; teams with a four-year score below 900 are subject to more severe penalties, culminating in a loss of eligibility for post-season play. For the fifth consecutive year, no UHM team will be penalized with loss of scholarship.

"Our teams continue to do well in the classroom as evidenced by our APR scores and team grade point averages," said UH Senior Woman Administrator Marilyn Moniz-Kahoohanohano. "We still have room for improvement in order to ensure graduation and that we are competing well at the national level. Nine out of 18 teams meet their peer APR goals. We won't be satisfied until all 18 teams meet these goals."

Multiyear APR (2011-12 Single-year APR)
Men's Sports
Baseball: 968 (970)
Basketball: 951 (885)
Football: 962 (984)
Golf: 957 (1000)
Swimming & Diving: 977 (976)
Tennis: 962 (1000)
Volleyball: 949 (960)
Women's Sports
Basketball: 955 (946)
Cross Country: 986 (939)
Golf: 950 (966)
Softball: 980 (971)
Soccer: 978 (960)
Swimming & Diving: 995 (989)
Tennis: 976 (947)
Indoor Track & Field: 982 (973)
Outdoor Track & Field: 982 (973)
Volleyball: 967 (953)
Water Polo: 966 (943)

The NCAA Committee on Academic Performance instituted the APR data requirements beginning in the 2003-04 academic year. This year's figures constitute a multi-year score (four-year rolling average), which includes the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12 academic years. The benchmark of 930 projects to an NCAA Graduation Success Rate of approximately 50 percent.

The overall goal of measuring APRs is to encourage improved academic performance and help institutional administrators examine admission policies, retention and graduation rates, and improve academic support for student-athletes. Only student-athletes on scholarship are factored into the APR scores.

More information about the APR is available on the NCAA web site (www.ncaa.org).

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