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UMKC Boasts High Academic Progress Rates Across All Sports
UMKC Athletics 5-14-2014
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(Kansas City, Mo.) – Student-athletes at UMKC have continued to excel in the classroom, according to the annual APR (Academic Progress Rate) report released by the NCAA Wednesday.

The scores, which are measured by each team, show that all of UMKC's 16 programs comfortably scored above the NCAA multi-year threshold of 930, while six teams scored above the new Division I average of 976. As a department, UMKC's average was 976, matching the NCAA average and sitting well above the WAC average of 961. Nine of UMKC's teams earned scores above the average APR figure for their respective sports in Division I, including men's basketball, men's golf, men's soccer, men's indoor and outdoor track, women’s basketball, women's cross country, women's tennis and volleyball.

Four UMKC teams had the highest APR in the Western Athletic Conference in men’s basketball (966), men’s golf (991), women’s cross country (992) and volleyball (995). Six teams finished second in the WAC, including men’s soccer (970), men’s outdoor track (970), softball (971), women’s basketball (987), women’s indoor track (971) and women’s outdoor track (976). In addition, men’s cross country (975) was third in the league, along with men’s tennis (961), men’s indoor track (967) and women’s tennis (984). Women’s golf posted a 972 while women’s soccer was at 960. That means 14 of the 16 UMKC teams ranked in the top three of the WAC in their respective sport, and 15 of the 16 were above the WAC average. The overall APR of the department (976) was second in the WAC as well.

The positive APR news comes on the heels of the announcement that UMKC's cumulative GPA is again at 3.24. Earlier this year the NCAA noted that UMKC's Graduation Success Rate (GSR) was 84 percent, two points higher than the national average.

Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year. Scholarship student-athletes each semester receive one point for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face consequences, including practice restrictions and playing season reductions. Rates are an average of the past four years’ performance. National aggregates are based on all teams with usable data at the time of analysis.

In order to compete in the 2014-15 postseason, teams must achieve either a 930 multi-year APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years. This approach represents the next step in a phased-in move to a standard 930 benchmark, which will be in place for most schools with next year’s announcement of 2013-14 data collected in the fall of 2014.

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