June 20, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Rates (APR) on Wednesday afternoon (June 20) and, once again, Mizzou found itself ranked among the very best in the Big 12 Conference and among the leaders in the school's new league, the Southeastern Conference. After looking at the numbers, Mizzou led the Big 12 in five sports while leading the SEC in four, ranking second and third, respectively.
For the second straight season, Mizzou football led the Big 12 in APR with a 972 (out of a 1,000-point scale), a mark that ranks second in the SEC behind only Vanderbilt. The Tigers also led the Big 12 in APR in the sports of men's and women's swimming and diving (993, 996), women's gymnastics (1,000) and women's golf (1,000). Both women's gymnastics and women's golf received a Public Recognition Award for ranking in the top 10-percent of all squads nationally in each sport. In all, Mizzou was second in the Big 12, leading the APR in five sports while 10 teams ranked among the top three. Mizzou has ranked either first or second every year within the Big 12 since the inception of the APR rankings.
Mizzou also garnered high marks among its future SEC brethren. Mizzou was third with four teams that led their respective sports in APR while 11 teams were ranked among the top three in the league. Once again, the men's swimming and diving teams and the women's gymnastics and golf teams all led the SEC as did the Mizzou wrestling program (958). Other notables in the SEC are: the Mizzou football program ranking second (972), the Mizzou baseball program ranking second (987), the women's indoor and outdoor track and field team ranking second (991) and the Mizzou softball team ranking third (994).
The APR was developed by the NCAA in 2004 to measure the academic progress and performance of athletic programs at member institutions. The multi-year average for the latest Academic Progress Rate Report spans the last four years and institutions are awarded points when a student-athlete remains academically eligible for competition and when he or she either returns to the institution the following semester or graduates. A maximum of two points per student/per semester is awarded.
The NCAA does not penalize an institution for student-athletes who remain academically eligible but did not return to the institution due to circumstances beyond the student and/or institution's control. Examples of this include student-athletes who leave to pursue professional athletics, suffer from incapacitating physical or mental illness, or experience extreme financial difficulties as the result of a specific event such as a death in the family.
Complete information on the APR Report can be found at the NCAA's website, www.ncaa.org