UAPB Student-Athletes Achieve High Marks In Classroom

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The University of Arkansas At Pine Bluff student-athletes produced strong academic performances as evidenced by the latest NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) announced today.

The APR, or Academic Progress Rate, holds institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for each academic term.

In the multi-year report, three UAPB teams had scores of 1000: women’s cross country, women’s track team, and men’s cross country team each earned a perfect score.

A total of 13 Golden Lion programs achieved above the NCAA mandated multi-year score of 930, tabulated including the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 seasons. In addition to the three sports mentioned above, men’s track posted a score of 989, women’s soccer and men’s tennis each with 988, women’s tennis 984, women’s basketball 982, softball 979, women’s volleyball 967, baseball 958, men’s basketball 951, and football 945.

In the single year report for 2017-18, four teams earned perfect scores of 1000: men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s tennis, and women’s track. Additional, nine other programs achieved above the NCAA-mandated score of 930: softball 982, men’s basketball 981, baseball 968, women’s basketball 966, men’s track 960, women’s tennis 958, women’s soccer 956, women’s volleyball 936, and football 932.

Only the men’s golf program did not achieve the mandated 930 score and will be ineligible for postseason competition for the 2019-20 season.

“Our student-athletes continue to make the commitment in the classroom, and we are proud of their accomplishments,” said UAPB Athletic Director Melvin Hines. “Academic success is the foundation for athletic success, and we celebrate what our student-athletes have attained. As an athletic department and university, we will continue to seek resources to assist our student-athletes to succeed in the classroom. Our academic center which opened in December 2018 was another significant step in benefitting our student-athletes. We will continue to take the necessary steps for programs to achieve at the NCAA-mandated levels and look forward to having all teams to be post-season eligible in the near future.”

The APR is calculated as follows:

  • Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible.
  • A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate.
  • In addition to a team’s current-year APR, its rolling four-year APR is also used to determine accountability.