Lobos Pass APR with Flying Colors
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  06/11/2013
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

June 11, 2013

Indianapolis, Ind.--- The University of New Mexico at one time struggled with APR. That was a long, long time ago. In the latest data released by the NCAA, eight Lobo teams had perfect single-year APRs, and all sports are well above the 930 marker for APR, showcasing UNM's prowess is not just confined to the playing fields.

One year after a record eleven programs achieved perfect 1,000 in the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate, eight picked up perfect scores this year, including both men's and women's basketball programs. This is the eighth year that the NCAA has recorded APR for all Division I institutions, and the second with the new minimum threshold of 930 for a four-year rolling score.

"As always, we are extremely proud of our student-athletes at the University of New Mexico and what they have done in the classroom," said Paul Krebs, vice president for athletics. "Our APR score speaks to their dedication to excel in the classroom as well on the field, and it showcases the commitment of our coaches and academic staff to put a focus on academics."

"Our student success staff, headed by Henry Villegas should be commended for their dedication to our student-athletes, but it really is more than that," said Krebs. "We have a university full of incredible professors and wonderful staff that should all feel a part of this success."

The NCAA released the APR data and penalty reports for all Division I institutions today as part of the annual NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program. This year's report is based on four-year calculations of data from 2008-2009 through 2011-12.

According to the NCAA, "The APR is calculated by allocating points for eligibility and retention - the two factors that research identifies as the best indicators of graduation. Each player on a given roster earns a maximum of two points per term, one for being academically eligible and one for staying with the institution. A team's APR is the total points of a team's roster at a given time divided by the total points possible. (Because) this results in a decimal number, the number is multiplied by 1,000 for ease of reference."

In 2012, the NCAA increased the minimum acceptable four-year score from 925 to 930, or roughly a 50-percent graduation rate.

UNM's eight sports that picked up perfect 1000s: men's basketball (second straight year), men's golf, men's tennis (third straight year), women's basketball, women's golf, women's skiing, women's soccer, and women's tennis (second straight year).

"We have high expectations in the classroom as well as in the field, and we continue to get better," Krebs added.

Of the 21 programs, 13 improved upon their scores from a year ago, and three maintained their scores from the 2012 report. The biggest four-year rolling score increases were in men's basketball, which jumped 21 points, and men's golf, which jumped 20 points. Women's skiing had the biggest jump on the women's side with a 16 point leap.

All sports had a single-year APR above 930 as well except for cross country, which previous to this year had three straight perfect scores and had been recognized by the NCAA for APR excellence. Cross country's APR is still a robust 975.

"The high APR scores at UNM are a reflection of a strong commitment to the academic mission of the University on behalf of the athletics department," said Assistant A.D. Henry Villegas. "Measuring both retention and eligibility, which is basically student progress towards degree, the scores reflects the commitment of our coaches and the academic advisors to student success and graduation."

                      2011-12    |   2010-11   |
TEAM                Four-Year APR|Four Year APR|+/-
Baseball                952             952       E
Football                942             943      -1
Men's Basketball        985             964     +21
Men's Cross Country     975            1,000    -25
Men's Golf              982             962     +20
Men's Skiing            981             969     +12
Men's Soccer            963             965      -2
Men's Tennis            988             979      +9
Men's Track, Indoor     967             958      +9
Men's Track, Outdoor    963             954      +9
Softball                980             973      +7
Women's Basketball      991             991       E
Women's Cross Country   983             982      +1
Women's Golf            991             983      +8
Women's Skiing          962             946     +16
Women's Soccer          992             982     +10
Women's Swimming        986             990      -4
Women's Tennis          969             969       E
Women's Track, Indoor   990             981      +9
Women's Track, Outdoor  986             978      +8
Women's Volleyball      979             980      -1
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