Awesome APR Numbers

May 14, 2014

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By Andy Seeley

ORLANDO, Fla. ( – For the ninth consecutive year, Academic Progress Rate (APR) numbers have improved for UCF. The Knights’ department-wide four-year average increased to 977, according to information released by the NCAA Wednesday. A perfect APR score is 1000.

Wednesday’s release of APR information by the NCAA includes data through the 2012-13 academic year. The APR provides a "snapshot" look at a team's academic success on a yearly basis. The APR score takes into account graduation, retention and eligibility to determine a clear picture of the current academic culture of a program.

The NCAA uses the multi-year average to track a program’s overall academic progress. The multi-year rate takes the previous four reports into account. The NCAA began compiling this data in 2004.

“Once again, our student-athletes’ hard work, along with the commitment displayed by our coaches and academic support staff shows through in these latest numbers,” UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury said. “We talk a great deal about creating a culture of academic success at UCF and this is the proof that we’re being successful with it.”

In addition to the overall department increase, eight of UCF’s 16 sport programs saw their multi-year APR score improve or remain at the same level as the previous year. Nine programs saw an increase in single-year scores.

Head coach George O’Leary’s UCF football program continues to post strong numbers. The football squad’s multi-year average improved to 978, which is well above the national average.

Four UCF programs – Stephanie Nickitas’ women’s tennis team, Emily Marron’s women’s golf squad, Donnie Jones’ men’s basketball team and Todd Dagenais’ volleyball squad – each posted a perfect single-year score of 1000.

This information comes on the heels of last week’s NCAA Public Recognition Awards for the Knights’ women’s tennis and volleyball programs. Those teams each posted perfect multi-year rates of 1000. The NCAA hands out Public Recognition Awards to programs with multi-year APR rates in the top 10 percent of the nation, compared to other teams in that sport. It was the third consecutive year of public recognition for UCF women’s tennis and the second straight year for volleyball.

“Our young people do a great job of handling all the responsibilities of a student-athlete,” Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services Kimya Massey said. “Our coaches continue to recruit high-quality student-athletes, who have the desire to succeed in the classroom and in competition. The academic support staff works very hard and takes great pride in seeing our student-athletes develop to their full academic potential.”

None of UCF's teams fell below the multi-year threshold where teams could be penalized by the NCAA. This is the seventh straight year the Knights have seen each of their teams come in above the threshold.

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