June 9, 2010
For the second consecutive year, all of Baylor's intercollegiate athletics programs scored at or above the national threshold of 925 in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) 2010 Academic Progress Rate (APR) public report released Wednesday and none of its teams are subject to the organization's Contemporaneous Penalties.
"I am very proud of our student-athletes' performance in the classroom," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "This success is a credit to the dedication of our student-athletes, academic commitment of our coaches and the outstanding work of the student-athlete services staff. Baylor's faculty members also play a key role in the academic success of our student-athletes and are to be recognized for the outstanding job they do in the classroom."
Two Baylor programs, men's golf and women's golf, led the Big 12 Conference in APR scores within their respective sports, while Baylor baseball finished second, men's cross country and women's soccer both ranked third and men's basketball was fourth among league institutions.
Baylor's men's and women's golf programs, both of which registered APR scores of 1,000, earlier received public recognition awards for having APR scores which rank among the top 10 percent within their respective sport. Both of BU's league-leading APR teams qualified for postseason play in 2009-10, with men's golf making its 13th straight NCAA Regional trip and its first trip to nationals since 2002 and women's golf receiving its 10th NCAA Regional bid in the last 11 years.
It marked the second consecutive year that Baylor's women's golf program received a public APR recognition award. All-told, Baylor has received five public APR awards in four sports--baseball (2007), men's basketball (2009), men's golf (2010) and women's golf (2009 and 2010), since the award program was instituted.
Ten (10) of Baylor's programs exceeded the average Division I APR score for their respective sport--baseball, men's basketball, men's cross country, football, men's golf, women's cross country, women's golf, women's soccer, softball and women's tennis.
The APR, now in its sixth year, is a four-year average based on the school's overall student-athlete eligibility, graduation and retention rates for student-athletes who participated during the 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years. It also serves as a predictor of graduation success.
Baylor's sport-by-sport APR scores:
Men's Programs: Baseball (978), basketball (980), cross country (979), football (945), golf (1,000), tennis (939), indoor track (936), outdoor track (932).
Women's Programs: Basketball (957), cross country (982), golf (1,000), soccer (982), softball (983), tennis (982), indoor track (952), outdoor track (953) and volleyball (965).