KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC Athletics Department set a new record with a multi-year average of 985 in the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR), it was announced Wednesday by the NCAA. The score bested the previous high of 982 set during the 2016-17 academic year. Established in 2003, the APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. The multi-year average is a four‐year rate of student‐athletes in school between the 2014‐15 and 2017‐18 academic years.
The 985 multi-year average ranks second-best in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and is two points higher than the NCAA national average (983). The single-year 989 average is also second highest in the WAC.
“UMKC student-athletes continue to thrive in the classroom, as reflected in our new record high cumulative APR score,” said Ursula Gurney, Deputy AD/SWA. “I am proud of the hard work of our students and their focus on academic success. Their drive to win in the classroom is outstanding as we strive for comprehensive excellence.”
Both men’s basketball and men’s soccer programs highlight success as they rank No. 1 in the WAC in multi-year averages of 990 and 997, respectively. Also, women’s basketball (995) was second in the conference and women’s soccer (988) ranked third.
The men’s and women’s basketball programs multi-year averages also stand above the NCAA average. The NCAA men's average is 967, while the women's average is 982.
The Roo women’s tennis program scored a perfect 1000 average, which ranked in the top 10 percent nationally and is part of the NCAA Public Recognition Award. For more on that story, CLICK HERE.
The APR, created to provide more of a real-time measurement of academic success than graduation rates offer, is a team‐based metric where 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.