The NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Rate, or APR, data May 6 and several UNT teams continued to illustrate progress in the classroom.
Led by Mean Green soccer, which ranked among the nation's top 10 percent with a multiyear rate of 994, UNT had 12 sports that posted multiyear rates at or above 955, and seven had perfect single-year 1,000 scores in 2007-08.
"It is evident that our commitment to academic progress is continuing to pay off," says Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal. "We had 13 of our 16 teams with a 2007-08 single-year APR score equal to or better than the previous year, and the three teams that declined dropped only slightly from scores of 1,050, 1000 and 975."
The football team posted a multiyear rate of 911 and will be forced to compete with a maximum of 81 scholarships - four shy of the NCAA limit of 85. The scholarships of all current student-athletes and signees will not be affected.
"We knew that we had a hole to dig out of in football and next year we will drop off our lowest score in the current four-year cohort," Villarreal says. "This football staff has been charged with improving the academic standards and with the progress that they have shown recently – including an APR score of 968 last fall – we believe they will be above the 925 mark in next year's multi-year score."
The basketball team had a multiyear rate of 923, but will not incur penalties after a 2007-08 single-year score of 964 exceeded the NCAA guidelines for improvement.
The data released by the NCAA reflects information collected during a four-year period that ended at the conclusion of the 2007-08 academic year.
The volleyball team has now posted a perfect 1,000 score in each of the last three academic years, and ranks second at UNT with a multiyear rate of 984. Men's cross country, outdoor track and golf, as well as softball and tennis have registered perfect scores in each of the last two years.
The APR is the NCAA's measurement of academic success that aims to give a real-time snap shot of athlete retention and advancement in a four-year period. The NCAA mandates a score of 925 (out of 1,000) as acceptable for each sport.
Carolyn Bobo can be reached at Carolyn.Bobo@unt.edu.