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.