Published: June 12, 2013
Colorado College hockey and two Air Force programs posted perfect scores for the teams' academic progress rate for the previous four school years ending with 2011-12, the NCAA announced Tuesday.
Men's golf and women's tennis joined the Tigers with perfect scores of 1,000, which represent a four-year average that changes as data from the most recent year is included.
"We take great pride in balancing leadership, academics, military training and athletics and believe that they all go hand in hand," said Air Force Col. Bart Weiss, vice athletic director. "The NCAA's APR is the closest measure that is out there to say that we are doing things the right way. We are very proud of the scores we received."
CC women's soccer scored 997. The program has posted perfect scores five times since the NCAA started tabulating APRs in 2004.
"I think in both hockey and women's soccer's case, it is a sign that our students and coaches are taking academic success seriously," said senior CC associate athletic director Greg Capell, who oversees compliance.
The overall four-year APR average (2008-09 through 2011-12) across Division I was 974, a one-point increase from last year. Scores are calculated by individual teams based on eligibility and retention rates.
Eight Air Force programs, including men's basketball, were below average while football and men's soccer were at 974. The lowest was 946 for women's fencing, well above where NCAA penalties would ensue.
Teams that scored below 925 and have an athlete who both failed academically and left school can lose up to 10 percent of their scholarships.
A minimum four-year average score of 900 is required for postseason participation. The minimum required APR scores will increase to 930 over four years starting with the 2014-15 postseason. The cutoff is equivalent to a 50 percent graduation rate.
"If you can't graduate half your student-athletes, you shouldn't be worried about playing in championships or tournaments," said NCAA President Mark Emmert in a press release. "There's more important things for you to be focused on."
HOW THEY RATE
Air Force: men's golf, 1,000; women's tennis, 1,000; men's ice hockey, 991; men's cross country, women's soccer, both 990; women's swimming, 989; men's swimming, 987; women's outdoor track, 985; men's lacrosse, 984; men's gymnastics, women's cross country, both 982; men's water polo, 981; women's indoor track, 980; baseball, 978; men's outdoor track, 977; men's indoor track, women's gymnastics, both 975; football, men's soccer, both 974; men's fencing, 972; men's tennis, mixed rifle, both 970; women's volleyball, 962; men's wrestling, women's basketball, both 961; men's basketball, 957; women's fencing, 946.
Colorado College: men's ice hockey, 1,000; women's soccer, 997.