Arizona Athletics excels in annual Academic Progress Rate Scores

In the annual Academic Progress Rate scores that were released, Arizona Athletics shows they’re excelling in the classrooms as well!

With the ongoing Covid crisis, who couldn’t use a bit of good news during this time? Well, here it is! On Tuesday, the annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores were released, and to our joy, Arizona Athletics is excelling in the classrooms!

What is the APR? Well, it’s always important for any school, as the APR is used in calculating how a student-athlete is performing.

According to the NCAA, a “student-athlete that is receiving any financial aid (athletically) earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible. A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate.”

In addition to the one-year APR scores calculated, the NCAA actually uses a four-year average to help with accountability and eligibility for its member institutions. So any team that scores under 930 on a four-year average are ineligible for post-season play.

It’s very serious, and the NCAA takes a look at Academic Progress for each Athletic Department. Look no further than Stephen F. Austin University being punished for not meeting that average.

As for Arizona, the good news is that the Wildcats are excelling in the classroom!

According to the Arizona Daily Star, the Arizona Basketball team finished fifth in the conference with a score of 980 (out of a possible 1000), finishing behind; Washington (1000), Stanford (998), ASU (995) and Oregon State (981). The Wildcats also raised their four-year average from 960 to 980!

The Football team made a sizable jump as well, improving from 952 to 966.

However, the real story is the 10 UA Programs that posted a perfect 1000! Those sports being; Men’s Cross-Country, Women’s Basketball, Softball, Soccer, Men’s Tennis, Men’s Track & Field, Women’s Tennis, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, Women’s Golf and Women’s Cross-Country.

At Zona Zealots, we’re proud of our Cats not only working hard on the field/ court, but also in the classrooms! As always, Bear Down!


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