June 20, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - For the eight consecutive year, Tulane's student-athletes remain one of the best groups in the nation with their performance in the classroom as 10 of TU's varsity sports teams that competed in 2010-11 scored above their national averages for the 2010-11 campaign, according to the most recent multi-year Academic Performance Rates (APR) released on Wednesday by the NCAA.
"Tulanians everywhere should share in this pride based on the achievement of these young people who uphold the values of their university in such remarkable fashion," Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson said. "I am so proud of our student-athletes and staff after reviewing both the results of their grade point averages and APR scores. My hat's off to the Wave."
Now in its eighth year, the APR is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.
Every Division I sports team calculates it's APR each academic year, based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face sanctions, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice. Rates are based on the past four years' performance.
The Division I Board of Directors last fall approved tougher academic standards, including setting a new standard that teams must meet to compete in the postseason.
The standard for postseason access starts at 900 APR but over the next few years climbs to 930, which equates to a 50 percent Graduation Success Rate. To assist limited-resource institutions, the board gave these schools and their teams more flexibility to meet the standards.
Three Green Wave programs registered perfect scores of 1000, including women's swimming & diving, women's tennis and men's tennis. Tulane's three sports with perfect scores were the most among Conference USA schools.
Along with those three programs, the Tulane men's cross country and men's outdoor track & field programs were recognized last week by the NCAA for placing in the top 10-percent in their sports on the multiyear APR.
The Tulane men's basketball team finished in the 80th-90th percentile with a multi-year score of 980., while the Green Wave football, women's basketball, and women's indoor and outdoor track and field teams each posted multi-year scores in the 60-80th percentile.
The Green Wave's men's basketball score of 980 was 30 points higher than the national average of 950 and higher than the 965 average among private institutions. Football's score of 967 is higher than the 948 national average and above the 963 average among private schools.
The 982 score for the Green Wave women's basketball team was higher than the 970 national average and the 980 average among private institutions. Both the indoor and outdoor track and field programs at Tulane posted a 985 score, above the 974 national average.
The Tulane women's golf, baseball and volleyball teams each placed in the 40th-50th percentile. The women's golf team scored a 988 and fell above the national average of 985. Volleyball's score of 984 was four point more than the national average, while the baseball team's 963 score was just two points off the national average.
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.