MIAMI (June 20, 2012) --- With the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) release of the eighth-annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) report on Wednesday, the FIU Panthers continued their dedication to academic excellence as 16 of the department's 17 programs finished above the required multi-year score of 925, with 12 teams recording scores of 950 or better.
"The FIU Athletic Department continues to demonstrate a proactive approach towards improving our APR scores," FIU Executive Director for Sports and Entertainment Pete Garcia said. "We take great pride in the academic accomplishments of our student-athletes and our goal is to provide our student-athletes with the academic support they need to succeed. The overall commitment of our student-athletes, coaches and academic support staff has created a positive culture of learning here at FIU."
Football, baseball, men's cross country, men's soccer, men's indoor track, men's outdoor track, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, softball, women's soccer swimming & diving, women's tennis, women's indoor track, women's outdoor track and volleyball each registered a multi-year score of 925 or better.
Today's NCAA announcement listed its four-year rolling rate (2007-08 to 2010-11) with regards to eligibility, graduation and retention in Division I. FIU continued to show marked improvement in its annual scores for the fifth-consecutive year.
Five teams (men's cross country, women's basketball, women's golf, softball and women's tennis) each recorded perfect scores of 1000 for the 2010-11 academic year. The women's tennis team was recognized by the NCAA on June 14 for its multi-year APR (1000), which ranks in the top 10 percent amongst all Division I women's tennis programs.
Ten teams improved their multi-year score (men's cross country, men's indoor track & field, men's outdoor track & field, women's basketball, women's golf, softball, swimming & diving, women's outdoor track & field, women's indoor track & field and volleyball) with the women's golf program making the greatest improvement, jumping 27 points from last year's score.
Swimming & diving made significant strides for the second-straight year, improving its multi-year score from 960 to 978 in the latest report (+18). Men's outdoor track & field made a double-digit jump with their multi-year score, improving 15 points, recording a 950.
APR scores are determined by eligibility and retention for each student-athlete on scholarship during a particular academic year. Student-athletes are awarded one point for each semester they are enrolled and one point for each semester they are eligible for intercollegiate competition. A student-athlete can earn a maximum of four points during an academic year. Additional points are not given for student-athletes that graduate at the end of the semester, but rather the student-athlete is awarded one point for retention and one point for eligibility.
The APR is calculated by taking the number of possible points for a particular sport for the four years and dividing that number by the total number of points earned from student-athlete retention and eligibility over the same period of time. The percentage is then multiplied by 1,000 to obtain the actual multiyear rate used in the report.
For more information on the APR, log onto the NCAA's official website at www.NCAA.org.
FIU Academic Progress Rate (APR) Report - 2010-11
Men's Sports - Multi-year Rate
Baseball - 952
Basketball - 909
Cross Country - 943
Football - 934
Men's Soccer - 929
Indoor Track & Field - 950
Outdoor Track & Field - 942
Women's Sports - Multi-year Rate
Basketball - 965
Cross Country - 958
Golf - 991
Softball - 986
Soccer - 966
Swimming & Diving - 978
Tennis - 1000
Indoor Track & Field - 973
Outdoor Track & Field - 971
Volleyball - 978
About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 18 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.
About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is Worlds Ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. It has 160,000 alumni and enrolls 48,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/