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EKU Athletics Impresses On Latest NCAA APR Report

EKU Athletics Impresses On Latest NCAA APR Report

RICHMOND, Ky. – EKU's varsity athletic teams have a combined Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 978 according to data released this week by the NCAA.

Beach volleyball and women's golf achieved perfect multi-year APR scores (2018-19 to 2021-22) of 1,000. Men's golf, women's cross country, soccer, and women's track & field each improved their multi-year score from last year's report. Over the past four reports, men's basketball has raised its score 36 points and softball has raised its score by 16 points.

Men's golf, women's cross country, women's soccer, volleyball, and beach volleyball all notched a perfect single-year score. Football's last two single-year scores are the highest for the program since 2014-15 and have gone up 21 points since 2018-19. Women's basketball has eclipsed the 977 mark on seven consecutive multi-year scores. 

"Even in this evolving landscape, part of our pursuit of excellence is retaining and graduating student-athletes. To that end, I am proud of our group of head coaches and their assistants for their commitment to this effort, and I am proud of our student-athletes for the exceptional work they are doing and continue to do in the classroom" Vice President and Director of Athletics Matt Roan said. "I also want to thank our outstanding faculty and staff who invest in our student-athletes' success, as well as everyone at the Bratzke Center for the time and resources they pour into our student-athletes. As a department, we will continue to strive for excellence both on and off the field of competition."

The APR is based upon eligibility and retention of student-athletes on a semester-by-semester basis and is an assessment of real-time academic success. The results of the fall and spring semesters, in a given year, are calculated as that year's APR score and averaged with the respective scores from the previous three years to provide a four-year (multi-year) snapshot of academic achievement.

Any student-athlete receiving athletic aid in a varsity sport can earn up to four points per year for being academically eligible and remaining enrolled in the institution. A team's APR is the total points earned on the roster divided by that squad's total possible points, multiplied by 1,000.

Teams must achieve a 930 multi-year APR to avoid immediate penalties (involving the possible reduction of practice time and access to postseason competition). Those elements of the NCAA Division I APR remain suspended through spring 2023.

Notable EKU Multi-Year APR Scores

Women's Golf | 1,000

Beach Volleyball | 1,000

Soccer | 988

Women's Cross Country | 987

Softball | 987

Volleyball | 984

Women's Track & Field | 981

Notable EKU Single-Year APR Scores

Men's Golf | 1,000

Women's Cross Country | 1,000

Women's Golf | 1,000

Soccer | 1,000

Volleyball | 1,000

Women's Track & Field | 987

Published on May 30, 2023

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