Posted: May 19, 2020
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Six of Cal Poly’s intercollegiate athletic teams compiled Academic Progress Rate multi-year scores that are No. 1 in their respective conference after the 2018-19 academic year.
Football leads the Big Sky Conference for the fourth consecutive year while men’s golf, softball, women’s beach volleyball, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball all are ranked No. 1 in the Big West Conference.
Men’s swimming and diving is ranked No. 2 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation while wrestling is second in the Pac-12 Conference. Women's track is No. 2 in the Big West and baseball earned the third-best multi-rate score in the Big West.
The 16th edition of Academic Progress Rate scores was released by the NCAA on Tuesday.
Division I student‐athletes continue to succeed in the classroom at record‐high levels. The overall four‐year Academic Progress Rate concluding with the 2018-19 academic year held steady at 983 for the third consecutive year.
Cal Poly’s institutional score is 985 for the second year in a row.
"Cal Poly should be considered among the best in the nation in the academic performance of our student-athletes," said Mustang director of athletics Don Oberhelman. "These numbers indicate our commitment to academic excellence.
"Our teacher-scholar model is so important at Cal Poly and that philosophy is thriving in our athletic program," Oberhelman added. "Our student-athletes continue to succeed both in the classroom and on the field."
Mustang teams with improvements in their multi-year rates include an eight-point jump by football to 983, three-point climbs by men's track (981) and women's basketball (980) and a one-point increase by men's cross country. Teams holding steady from last year to this year include baseball (979), men's golf (1,000), women's golf (986), women's beach volleyball (1,000), women's swimming and diving (992), women's tennis (1,000) and women's volleyball (1,000).
The four‐year rates include student‐athletes who were in school between the 2015-16 and 2018-19 academic years.
A record 10 Cal Poly intercollegiate athletics teams posted perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Rate scores during the 2018-19 academic year.
They include four squads -- men’s golf, women’s beach volleyball, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball -- recognized by the NCAA last week for academic excellence after scoring in the top 10 percent of their sports.
All four teams compete in the Big West Conference, giving Cal Poly the most among all schools in the conference for the second straight year. The Mustang men’s golf team, coached by Scott Cartwright, has earned a Public Recognition Award for seven consecutive seasons. Women’s tennis and beach volleyball were recognized for the third year in a row while women's volleyball earned its second straight Public Recognition Award.
Other teams with APR scores of 1,000 for the 2018-19 academic year were men's cross country, men's track, women's cross country, women's golf, softball and women's swimming and diving.
Five squads registered improvements in their single-year rate scores for the 2018-19 academic year, led by men’s cross country with a jump of 68 points to 1,000. Men's track improved its score 51 points to 1,000 and women’s basketball, which climbed 15 points last year, added 18 more points this year to reach 984.
Baseball added one point to 979 while seven other teams maintained their single-year rate scores of a year ago.
The Mustang football team, which compiled a near-perfect 997 APR for the 2015-16 school year, 978 last year and 983 this year, has compiled a four-year rate of 968, four points higher than the national average for Division I football and eight points ahead of the Football Championship Subdivision average.
Rates are an average of each school's performance for the past four years. National aggregates are based on all teams with usable data at the time of analysis.
Nationally, the multiyear rates for baseball, football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball were consistent or moved by a single point. Baseball was up one point to 977, football stayed at 964, men’s basketball dropped one to 966 and women’s basketball increased one to 983.
To compete in the 2019-20 postseason, teams had to achieve a four-year APR of 930. NCAA members chose the 930 standard because that score predicts, on average, a 50 percent graduation rate for teams at that APR level. Additionally, teams must earn a four-year APR of at least 930 to avoid penalties.
Georgetown President John J. DeGioia, chair of the Division I Committee on Academics, which oversees the Academic Performance Program, noted the academic achievement of Division I college athletes.
“The Committee on Academics commends Division I students engaged in intercollegiate athletics for their hard work and depth of commitment to success in both academic and athletic pursuits,” DeGioia said. “The strong academic standards provided by the Academic Performance Program have led to thousands of students graduating and gaining access to the lifelong benefits of a college education. We are proud of them for their accomplishments and Division I member institutions for their dedication to a common framework for sustained student achievement.”
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.