The NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) data Wednesday, and Tennessee continued the trend of impressive results it has established in recent years.
Every Division I sports team across the nation calculates its APR each academic year, like a report card. Scholarship student-athletes each semester earn one point for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating. Data released for this multi-year cohort includes scores from the 2017-18, 2016-17, 2015-16 and 2014-15 academic years. For APR purposes, scores for indoor and outdoor track & field are computed together, so Tennessee has 18 teams/sports that are scored.
A total of 13 Tennessee teams earned a perfect 1,000 single-year APR for the 2017-18 academic year: men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, women’s cross country, rowing, women’s golf, softball, soccer, women’s swimming & diving, women’s tennis, women’s track & field and volleyball.
Last week, it was reported that four Tennessee athletic programs earned coveted Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA after scoring in the top 10 percent of their Division I peers in this year’s APR release (men’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s tennis and women’s track & field). It is now confirmed that each of those four sports earned a perfect 1,000 multi-year APR for this cohort and had the highest sport-specific score among SEC schools.
Rowing—which competes in the Big 12 Conference—had the second-highest multi-year score among its conference opponents (991), and men’s swimming & diving had the fourth-highest multi-year score among its SEC foes (990).
Also in the multi-year data, 14 Tennessee teams tied or improved their scores from last year’s cohort: baseball, men’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, rowing, women’s golf, softball, soccer, women’s swimming & diving, women’s tennis, women’s track & field and volleyball. In addition, 13 Tennessee teams earned a multi-year APR equal to or higher than the national average of all Division I schools within that sport.
“I’m pleased to see so many of our teams performing well academically, with several showing continued improvement,” UT Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer said. “I’m very proud of the effort our student-athletes have put forth in the classroom as well as the great work being done by our staff at the Thornton Center. We’ve had a lot to be proud of across the board this year.”
Spring commencement ceremonies are taking place this week, with 75 student-athletes set to take part.
Every Division I sports program submits data to have its Academic Progress Rate calculated each academic year. The NCAA reports both single‐year rates and four‐year rates, on which penalties for poor academic performance are based. National aggregates are based on all teams with usable, member‐provided data. APRs for each team, lists of teams receiving public recognition and those receiving sanctions are available online through the NCAA’s searchable database.
- Baseball posted its highest multi-year APR in program history with a 981; that stands as the program’s fifth consecutive increase from the previous year’s mark.
- Men’s swimming & diving and women’s swimming & diving both posted their highest multi-year APR in program history with a 990 and a 996, respectively.
- Soccer earned its highest multi-year APR in program history with a 987.
- Men’s golf tied its highest multi-year APR in program history with a 993; that high mark also was posted last year and three years ago.
- Volleyball posted its third consecutive annual increase, earning a 984.
- Football posted a multi-year APR of 971, staying in line with the program high of 972 set in 2015-16 and 2016-2017.
- Men’s basketball had its highest single-season APR in the last five years with a 981 in 2017-18.