Tulane Athletics continues strong reputation in the classroom

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Nine Green Wave teams post an APR score of 990 or above

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane University Athletics continued to achieve excellence in the classroom, as 10 Green Wave teams achieved a multi-year Academic Progress Rate at or above the national average in the latest 2018-19 NCAA data report which was released Tuesday.

Tulane also had nine programs with an APR average of 990 or above. The nine programs with an APR average of 990 or above ranks No. 1 among all Division I institutions in the state of Louisiana.

“Success in the classroom is a standard we as department will always prioritize and these numbers prove that our student-athletes have a strong commitment to academics as well,” Director of Athletics Troy Dannen said. “I can’t thank our coaches and staff members enough for their support of our student-athletes throughout their academic journey.”

The APR is a real-time measure of eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every NCAA Division I athletics team. The most recent scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.

“I am so proud of our student-athletes’ academic achievement,” Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academic Services/Senior Woman Administrator Dr. Charvi Greer said. “The ability our young men and women have to balance their academic and athletic responsibilities is truly impressive and I commend them for their commitment in both of these areas.”

The Tulane men’s tennis and women’s golf teams highlighted this year’s report as both programs earned national recognition after they scored in the top 10 percent of their respective sports. The Green Wave men’s tennis team earned the national recognition for the 10th consecutive year.

Since the Division I membership created the Academic Performance Program 15 years ago, more than 18,750 former student-athletes have earned APR points for their prior teams by returning to college and earning a degree after their eligibility expired. Of those, more than half (9,621) competed in football, baseball or basketball. These students typically do not count in graduation rates because they earn degrees outside the six-year window measured by both the federal graduation rate and the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate.

For the first time, a portion of NCAA revenue is being distributed this year to members based on the academic achievement of student-athletes, including APR scores.

Each school can earn one academic achievement unit per year if its student-athletes meet at least one of the following requirements:

• Earn an overall single-year all-sport Academic Progress Rate of 985 or higher.
• Earn an overall all-sport Graduation Success Rate of 90 percent or higher.
• Earn a federal graduation rate that is at least 13 percentage points higher than the federal graduation rate of the student body at that school.

The APR, created to provide more of a real-time measurement of academic success than graduation rates offer, is a team-based metric in which scholarship student-athletes earn one point each term for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating. Schools that don’t offer scholarships track their recruited student-athletes.

Every Division I sports team submits data to have its Academic Progress Rate calculated each academic year. The NCAA reports both single-year and four-year rates, on which penalties for poor academic performance are based. National aggregates are based on all teams with usable, member-provided data.

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