BLACKSBURG — The Virginia Tech athletic teams put together an impressive performance in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) program, according to data released by the NCAA on Tuesday.
The APR is a scorecard that tracks classroom performance of Division I sports teams, and it takes into account eligibility and retention of student-athletes over a four-year period. The most recent APR scores are multiyear rates based on the scores from the 2008-09 through the 2011-12 academic years.
Two Hokies programs finished with a perfect multiyear 1,000 score: men’s cross country and golf. The men’s cross country program has scored 1,000 for four straight years, and the golf program has scored 1,000 for three straight years.
Three Virginia Tech programs received perfect 1,000 APR scores for the 2011-12 year: men’s cross country, women’s cross country and softball.
The football team scored 970 for its multiyear APR, its highest score since the NCAA started using this metric in 2004-05 and one that tied the Hokies for sixth among Atlantic Coast Conference schools. The national average for football was 949.
The men’s basketball team scored 981 for its multiyear APR score, 29 points better than the national average, with the program ranking fourth in the ACC behind Duke (995), Miami (990) and North Carolina State (984).
Virginia Tech also had four teams that scored 990 or better: men’s tennis (993), women’s soccer (992), women’s cross country (992) and volleyball (990).
The multiyear APR scores for the other Hokies programs were baseball (984), women’s swimming and diving (983), men’s soccer (982), men’s outdoor track (982), men’s swimming and diving (980), women’s basketball (980), men’s indoor track (979), women’s tennis (978), wrestling (973), softball (969), lacrosse (967), women’s outdoor track (958) and women’s indoor track (945).
A national database of APR scores is available on the NCAA website at web1.ncaa.org/maps/aprRelease.jsp.