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ASU Athletics Winning in the Classroom, Too

BOONE, NC -- When it comes to academics, the Mountaineers are doing pretty well. Appalachian State University athletics excelled across the board in Academic Progress Rate (APR) data that the NCAA made public last week.

All 20 of Appalachian’s varsity sports boast multi-year APR scores of 951 or higher, comfortably out-of-range for potential penalties that can be doled out to teams with APRs lower than 925. On average, ASU’s teams registered APRs that are nearly five points higher than the national average for their respective sports.

Leading the way for Appalachian is its field hockey program, which has a perfect multi-year score of 1,000 and earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award for ranking among the top-10 percent in its sport nationally. Also on a national level, football (974 APR) and men’s basketball (970) are tops among ASU’s programs with scores 31 and 25 points higher than its sports’ averages, respectively. 

“We’re extremely proud of our programs’ continued APR success,”  ASU director of athletics Charlie Cobb said. “All the credit goes to our student-athletes, coaches and, especially, the academic services staff of Kim Sherrill, Jean Roberts, Jonathan Reeder, Pierre Banks, John Sevier, Erin Justice and Joe Suiter for their dedication to achievement in the classroom.”

Each Division I team calculates its APR annually based on the eligibility and retention of scholarship student-athletes. Teams scoring below 925 out of 1,000 can face penalties, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice and competition. Multi-year rates are based on the past four years of performance, meaning that the latest figures are determined by performance from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS MULTI-YEAR ACADEMIC PROGRESS RATES
(for four-year period ending with 2009-10 academic year)

Sport AppState Multi-Year APR National APR Avg. Diff.
Baseball 955 959 - 4
Men's Basketball 970 945 + 25
Women's Basketball 965 968 - 3
Men's Cross Country 986 970 + 16
Women's Cross Country 992 977 + 15
Field Hockey 1,000 988 + 12
Football 974 943 + 31
Men's Golf 975 971 + 4
Women's Golf 990 983 + 7
Men's Soccer 962 967 - 5
Women's Soccer 958 978 - 20
Softball 982 975 + 7
Men's Tennis 974 970 + 4
Women's Tennis 984 979 + 5
Men's Indoor Track & Field 975 960 + 15
Women's Indoor Track & Field 965 970 - 5
Men's Outdoor Track & Field 972 962 + 10
Women's Outdoor Track & Field 965 972 - 7
Wrestling 951 958 - 7
Volleyball 968 978 - 10

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