The scores, which are measured by each team, show that all of UMKC's 16 programs scored above the NCAA multi-year threshold of 925, while five teams scored above the new Division I average of 973. Seven of UMKC's teams earned scores above the average APR figure for their respective sports in The Summit League, including men's basketball, men's golf, men's soccer, men's tennis, women's cross country, women's tennis and volleyball.
The men's basketball team posted a multi-year average of 960, which is 10 points higher than the national average for that sport. It also finished fourth in The Summit League, just behind SDSU, NDSU and Oakland. The men's soccer program was the top team in The Summit League for a second straight year, earning an average multi-year score of 968. Volleyball also finished first in The Summit League with a perfect score of 1,000. By earning that score, the volleyball team claimed its third Public Recognition Award from the NCAA in the last four years after finishing in the top-10 percent in APR of all NCAA Division I volleyball teams for the 2010-11 season. The women's tennis squad also posted an impressive mark of 992.
The positive APR news comes on the heels of the announcement that UMKC's cumulative GPA rose again for the third straight year to 3.24. While earlier this year the NCAA noted that UMKC's Graduation Success Rate (GSR) was 87%, five points higher than the national average.
Associate AD for Student-Athlete Support Services, Ursula Gurney, attributes the Roos' success to the hard work of our student-athletes, academic support staff and coaches. "Student-athletes of high character and integrity continue to enroll and work tirelessly at our institution, and we are all proud of their efforts. In addition, the academic support staff works daily to assist our student-athletes on and off the field, helping to build our future leaders."
Wednesday's release includes data from the 2010-11 academic year and lists the multi-year APR by sport, which averages the last four reporting years. The NCAA uses the multi-year average to track a program's overall academic progress. Every Division I sports team calculates its 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.