Feb. 28, 2005
The Baylor University athletic department recorded a score of 960 (on a 1,000-point scale) on the National Collegiate Athletic Association's new Academic Progress Rate released today. Baylor's score, based on the school's overall student-athlete eligibility, graduation and retention for the 2003-04 academic year, is 12 points higher than the national average for all Division I programs.
"Beyond it being the right thing to do, it is in Baylor's best interest to support a strengthened academic reform package and efforts to enhance student-athlete academic performance including the implementation of an Academic Progress Rate," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw.
Baylor's eligibility/graduation score of 980 was also well ahead of the Division I national average of 953, while its score of 941 for the retention only report was two points below the national average. The Lady Bear softball program scored a perfect 1,000 in all three categories (APR, eligibility/graduation and retention).
Nine other Baylor teams (baseball, men's golf, men's tennis, men's outdoor track, women's basketball, women's soccer, women's tennis, women's outdoor track and women's volleyball) joined the softball program in posting perfect 1,000-point scores in the eligibility/graduation area.
"Baylor has consistently been among the leaders in the Big 12 Conference and nationally in terms of academic performance of its student-athletes," McCaw said. "Baylor has led the Big 12 in NCAA graduation rates five times in the league's nine-year history years including this year with a school-record rate of 78 percent. We are pleased that Baylor's APR score is significantly above the national and conference averages."
The APR is calculated by allocating points for eligibility and retention -- two criteria identified as the best barometers of student-athlete graduation. Each scholarship student-athlete earns a maximum of two points per semester, one for being academically eligible and one for staying at the institution.
A program's APR is the total points of team's roster at a given time divided by the total points possible. Since this computes to a decimal number, the NCAA's Committee on Academic Performance elected to multiply that score by 1,000 for reference purposes. Teams with an APR "cut" score (based upon 2003-04 and 2004-05 data) below 925 will be subject to scholarship penalties beginning with the 2005-06 academic year.
Baylor had four programs--men's basketball, men's tennis, women's tennis and women's golf, finish with cut scores below 925, and thus would be subject to penalties had the APR been in effect this year. However, the men's tennis, women's tennis and women's golf teams have an estimated APR upper confidence boundary of 925 or above, even though the program's actual APR is currently below 925. The NCAA anticipates that those three squads will not be subject to penalty once the confidence boundary is applied.
"Given the adjustments made by the NCAA for sports with a small squad size based upon estimated confidence boundaries, three of the four teams that fall below the cut line actually have qualifying scores," McCaw said. "In addition, we are greatly encouraged that the fourth program, men's basketball, had a perfect score of 1,000 through the fall semester of this year."
Baylor's 2003-04 Academic Progress Rate scores by sport: Baseball (978), Men's Basketball (647); Football (960); Men's Golf (972); Men's Tennis (+912); Men's Track (987); Women's Basketball (983); Women's Golf (+923); Softball (1,000); Women's Soccer (989); Women's Tennis (+900); Women's Track (991); Volleyball (958).
Note: +Teams with this symbol have an estimated APR upper confidence boundary of 925 or above, even though the team's actual APR is below 925. It is anticipated that some smaller squads that may be identified as underperforming in this year's reports will not be subject to penalty once the confidence boundary is applied.