Tulane student-athletes are recognized once again for their solid contributions in the classroom.
May 14, 2014
New Orleans - For the 10th consecutive year, Tulane's student-athletes have once again proven to be one the nation's elite groups in the classroom, as 10 of TU's varsity sports teams that competed in 2012-13 scored above their national averages, according to the most recent multi-year Academic Performance Rates (APR) released on Wednesday by the NCAA.
"Congratulations are in order to each of our varsity sports programs and our outstanding group of student-athletes that consistently strive to be as great in the classroom as they are in their respective arenas of competition," Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson said. "We take great pride in these accomplishments and I believe we have the best and hardest working group in the country. The APR is a testament to the quality of our student-athletes and the great support from our academic staff."
Now a decade old, the NCAA provides APR adjustments for student-athletes who transfer to another four-year school after earning a 2.6 grade-point average and those who leave in good academic standing for professional athletics careers. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on the rates from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
The APR is calculated for every Division I sports team each academic year, based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face sanctions, such as postseason competition bans, scholarship losses and restrictions on practice. Rates are calculated every year and on a rolling basis to capture the past four years' performance.
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. To assist limited-resource institutions, the Division I Board of Directors gave these schools and their teams more flexibility to meet the standards.
One week ago, four Tulane programs, including the men's tennis, women's basketball, women's bowling and women's swimming & diving programs, were each recognized by the NCAA for placing in the top 10 percent in their respective sports.
Three Green Wave programs registered perfect scores of 1000 for 2012-13, including men's tennis, women's bowling and women's swimming and diving.
The men's tennis team scored 23 points higher than the national average, while the women's basketball squad came in 22 points above their counterparts' average. With its perfect score, TU's women's bowling program was 29 points ahead of the national average and the women's swimming & diving team was 13 points higher in their respective average.
The Tulane football program scored a 968, which was 12 points above the national average, and the Green Wave men's basketball proved its grit in the classroom with a 975 score, placing it 18 points above its counterparts' average.
The Tulane women's golf team was equal to the task in the classroom as it has been on the course this year with a 990 score, which was five points better than the national average, while the Green Wave women's tennis team was equal to the national average in that sport of 985.
Tulane's women's outdoor track & field squad came in with a 985, five points higher than the national average in that sport, while the Wave's indoor track & field squad was 12 points better than the national average with a 990.
TU's volleyball program scored a 982, while the women's cross country team sported a 983 and the TU baseball team sported a score of 961.
NCAA President Mark Emmert praised the academic progress of Division I student-athletes and noted that the APR is accomplishing the goals of its creators.
"Ten years ago, the membership designed the APR to encourage student-athletes to stay in school and earn good grades. We are pleased to see that more and more student-athletes are doing that every year," Emmert said. "The significant academic standards adopted by our membership help us support success in the classroom to the same degree that we support success on the playing fields."
The goal of academic reform is improvement, not punishment. Not only does academic reform ensure accountability for student-athletes, teams and institutions, but also it provides fairness by considering individual circumstances per team and school.
Tulane's complete APR report, as well as the scores of all NCAA schools, is available on-line at www.ncaa.org.