Tuesday, June 11, 2013

UConn Notches 947 APR for 2011-12 and is Postseason-Eligible Again

UConn is postseason-eligible again.

The Huskies notched an APR score of 947 for the 2011-12 academic year, which -- combined with a 978 from the previous year -- is enough to make them eligible for the NCAA tournament once again.

To be eligible for the 2013-14 postseason, teams must have a four-year average of 900 or a two-year average of 930. UConn's four-year mark falls short at 897 (thanks to an 844 from 2008-09 and an abysmal 826 from '09-10), but its two-year score is 963.

For the 2014-15 postseason, teams must earn a 930 four-year or a 940 two-year. UConn should be fine as it will likely have had three straight years of good APR scores, off-setting the 826. As things stand right now, the Huskies stand to possibly lose a retention point for Enosch Wolf, if he doesn't return to the team and elects to go pro, but that's about it.

Here's the press release sent out by UConn:

The University of Connecticut men's basketball team posted an outstanding Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 947, out of a possible 1000, for the 2011-12 academic year, which follows a score of 978 that the team had for 2010-11. The scores were achieved in seasons that the team played in the NCAA tournament in both years, while the 2010-11 squad won the national championship. The Huskies two-year average APR score for 2010-11 and 2011-12 is 962.
"Our men's basketball team again had an outstanding APR score for the second-straight season and I want to congratulate the student-athletes, Coach Calhoun, Coach Ollie and the rest of the coaching staff for that accomplishment," said UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel. "I think it is particularly noteworthy that they earned these scores during a time in which they were playing incredibly competitive basketball, particularly in their great run to the national championship in 2011.”
The NCAA announced its latest report of the Academic Progress Rate (APR) for all Division I schools on Tuesday. The multi-year rates include the four academic years from 2008-11 and the single-year scores are for 2011-12.
Twenty of the 24 athletic programs at UConn achieved a score of 970 or better, out of a possible 1000, in the multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) while 16 of 24 had scores over 970 for the 2011-12 academic year. A total of three Husky teams had perfect 1000 multi-year scores while nine had perfect single-year scores.
Among the highlights for UConn in the latest NCAA report were:
* The single-year score of 947 by the men’s basketball team in a season in which UConn played in the NCAA tournament, which followed a single-year score of 978 in which UConn won the NCAA national championship. UConn’s two-year score is 963.
* A multi-year score of 984 for the women's basketball team during a time period in which UConn won two national championships and played in the Final Four all four seasons.
* A multi-year score of 958 for the football team during a time period in which UConn played in bowl games in three seasons. The football team's score is 11 points higher than the average football score for all public institutions.
* A near-perfect multi-year score of 996 for the field hockey team in a period when the Huskies went to the NCAA tournament all four years and the national semifinal in 2011.
* A multi-year score of 985 for the men’s outdoor track and field team during a period when the Huskies won two BIG EAST Championships.
* A multi-year score of 988 for the women’s indoor track and field during a time period when the Huskies won a BIG EAST Championship. 
* A perfect 1000 multi-year score for the men's cross country, women's tennis and men's golf teams and a perfect 1000 single-year score for the men’s cross country, field hockey, women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, softball, men’s tennis, men’s outdoor track and field and women’s tennis teams.
"I want to congratulate the student-athletes on all 24 of our teams for their outstanding success in the classroom," said Manuel. "The commitment of our Husky student-athletes to excellence in both academics and athletics is a source of pride to our entire University. I want to thank the coaching staffs of all our sports and the staff of the Counseling Program for Intercollegiate Athletics for all their efforts as well.”

Those Husky teams that scored a 970 or higher on the multi-year scores were: baseball (972), women’s basketball (984),  men’s cross country (1000), women’s cross country (985), field hockey (996), golf (1000), men’s ice hockey (981), women’s ice hockey (979), women’s lacrosse (990), women’s rowing (989), women’s soccer (985), softball (989), women’s swimming and diving (986), men’s tennis (993), women’s tennis (1000), men’s indoor track and field (985), women’s indoor track and field (988), women’s outdoor track and field (989), men’s outdoor track and field (985) and volleyball (970).

UConn teams that scored a 970 or higher on the single-year score were: women’s basketball (976), men’s cross country (1000), women’s cross country (1000), field hockey (1000), women’s ice hockey (987), women’s lacrosse (1000), women’s rowing (986), women’s soccer (1000), softball (1000), men’s swimming and diving (978), women’s swimming and diving (975), men’s tennis (1000), women’s tennis (1000), men’s indoor track and field (980), men’s outdoor track and field (1000) and women’s outdoor track and field (989).

Last week, the NCAA announced that three UConn athletic programs were recognized for top academic performance as part of the NCAA's academic reform program. Based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates, the UConn men's golf, women's soccer and women's tennis programs have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards. These awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with their APRs.

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