NORMAN — For the fourth consecutive year, all Oklahoma athletic programs far exceeded the NCAA’s acceptable academic standards.
Major college sports’ governing body released its latest Academic Progress Rate figures Tuesday, and every Sooner squad remains in good standing by current and future NCAA benchmarks.
“These numbers simply confirm the tremendous commitment that our student-athletes at the University of Oklahoma have made to achieve success in the classroom,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement.
Programs must post four-year APR scores of 900 — or a two-year average of 930 — to qualify for postseason competition in 2013-14. The following year, those scores increase to 930 and 940, respectively.
Every OU athletic program recorded a four-year score of 949 or above.
The Oklahoma football and men’s basketball program’s four-year APR scores each came in at 960, which were several points above national Division I averages in those sports.
The football team’s score ranked third in the Big 12 Conference behind TCU and Baylor, which both scored 962.
The Sooner women’s indoor and outdoor track teams recorded a four-APR of 1000, the highest score possible. The gymnastic team’s 987 ranked first among OU men’s programs.
In calculating a program’s APR, each athlete receiving sports-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 possible points, then multiplied by 1,000 to compute the program’s APR score.
NCAA.org provides the following example:
“A Division I Football Bowl Subdivision team awards the full complement of 85 grants-in-aid. If 80 student-athletes remain in school and academically eligible, three remain in school but are academically ineligible and two drop out academically ineligible, the team earns 163 of 170 possible points for that term. Divide 163 by 170 and multiply by 1,000 to determine that the team’s Academic Progress Rate for that term is 959.”
In addition to the strong APR scores, OU announced Tuesday that during the 2012-13 academic year, its student-athletes earned a cumulative GPA of 3.02, which is the highest one-year mark on record for OU athletes.
“Under the leadership of President David L. Boren, the University of Oklahoma has earned a well-deserved national reputation for academic excellence,” Castiglione said. “Our student-athletes, coaches and support staff have worked very hard to uphold that standard.”
Here are the APR scores for each of OU’s athletic programs:
1000 — Indoor track, outdoor track
995 — Gymnastics
992 — Tennis
991 — Volleyball
988 — Soccer
987 — Cross country, golf
984 — Basketball, softball
987 — Gymnastics
974 — Golf
972 — Cross country
969 — Tennis
963 — Indoor track
960 — Basketball, football
959 — Outdoor track
958 — Baseball
949 — Wrestling