FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona University athletics program continues to demonstrate its academic success, according to the NCAA Academic Progress Report (APR) released today.
All 15 sponsored sports are exceeding NCAA academic standards for the second straight year while the football program measured its fifth consecutive increase.
The APR is a real-time measure of eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team, which has been shown to predict later graduation success.
“We are extremely proud of the continued success and finishing above 925 in all of our sports,” said Athletics Director Jim Fallis. “It is an on-going process and you have to pay close attention. We are very attentive to our numbers.”
The multi-year APR score is based on four-year rolling average registering overall athlete eligibility and retention during the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years. This year marks the seventh year of APR data.
“We have strategies in place and recruit good student-athletes who focus on their academics,” said Fallis. “The strategies are the key to continuing our success not only in football but all of our sports.”
The NAU football program has increased its APR rating in each of the last five academic years (872 to 953) and has the highest multi-year rate in the Big Sky Conference, earning the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Athletics Directors Association APR Award. The award is given to the highest APR score in each of the 14 FCS conferences.
“It is a tribute to our student-athletes and their hard work in the classroom, as well as our department’s academic services and the work of our coaching staff,” said Head Coach Jerome Souers. “We strive to be the best in the Big Sky Conference in every area. It is a great recognition for our program.”
The women’s golf program has the highest multi-year APR score at 992, while the women’s soccer and volleyball teams both had a multi-year rate of 984. The women’s basketball program recorded a 981 and women’s swimming and diving team had 979.
Six teams had scores above 970 with 13 programs above 950. Seven programs had perfect 1000 single-year APR rates in 2009-10 including men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s swimming and diving and women’s tennis.
Teams must meet the 925 multi-year APR which represents a 92.5% success in retention and academic eligibility. Points are awarded on a semester basis for retention and academic eligibility with four points available for each student-athlete each year.
Big Sky Football Multi-Year APR Rankings
Men’s Sports: Football 953; Men’s Basketball 947; Cross Country 950; Indoor Track and Field 959; Outdoor Track and Field 958; Tennis 942.
Women’s Sports: Golf 992; Soccer 984; Volleyball 984; Tennis 983; Basketball 981; Swimming and Diving 979; Cross Country 969; Outdoor Track and Field 963; Indoor Track and Field 960.