Baylor Student-Athletes Continue Classroom Excellence

Posted at 10:43 PM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-21 23:43:05-04

Waco, Texas – Baylor’s softball and women’s soccer teams posted the Big 12 Conference’s top Academic Progress Rate (APR) score in their respective sport and six other programs ranked either second or third among league teams according to data released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The Lady Bear softball team, in quest of a sixth-consecutive NCAA Tournament bid in 2016, and Oklahoma, tied for the Big 12 lead while registering APR marks of 997 while the BU women’s soccer team’s score of 998 ranked first among conference schools with Texas Tech.

In the latest NCAA APR report, based on scores from the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years, every Baylor team registered an APR score of at least 957, no teams are subject to penalty and seven programs equaled or surpassed their 2015 APR score. Baylor produced the Big 12’s second-best APR score in baseball and men’s golf, and ranked No. 3 in football, women’s golf, men’s cross country and women’s track & field.

Baylor's sport-by-sport 2016 APR scores are:

Men's Programs: Baseball (988), basketball (975), cross country (981), football (969), golf (993), tennis (957) and track& field (966).

Women's Programs: Basketball (972), cross country (986), golf (993), soccer (998), softball (997), tennis (976), track (991) and volleyball (985).

The NCAA’s APR measurement provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

“Division I student-athletes learn to balance playing a sport they love with the pursuit of a degree, and we honor their continued success in the classroom. The APR data prove that students can achieve both academically and athletically,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. “Supporting our students as they work toward graduation is a top priority of everyone involved in college athletics.”