Latest numbers say Utah, Weber State doing well academically

Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, May 24 2011 11:08 p.m. MDT

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA announced its annual and multi-year Academic Performance Report (APR) for NCAA Division I schools today and the University of Utah achieved its highest grade yet. The APR is designed to provide a real-time measure of eligibility, retention and graduation of all Division I student-athletes.

Under APR guidelines, a player who transfers from an institution in good academic standing does not negatively impact the APR of either the former or the new school.

The multi-year average for Utah's teams rose to 976-up from its previous record score of 965 set last year and a 20-point improvement from two years ago (956). The latest multi-year APR includes scores from 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10, and Utah's performance easily exceeds the NCAA minimum requirement of 925.

The men's basketball and men's tennis teams received NCAA Public Recognition Awards for placing in the top 10-percent of all Division I teams in their respective sports, with tennis earning a perfect multi-year rate of 1,000, while men's basketball achieved a 990.

Overall, Utah's teams combined for a 981 APR in 2009-10 with five teams earning a score of 1,000: men's basketball, men's swimming, women's swimming, women's cross country and volleyball.

Thirteen Utah teams increased their multi-year rates from a year ago, with the largest improvements coming in volleyball (+32), outdoor track (+24), men's tennis (+22), baseball (+22), golf (+19), indoor track (+19), softball (+18) and men's swimming (+18).

WEBER STATE: Weber State saw improvements during the year as well. Five of Weber State's 16 sports had a perfect score of 1,000 during the 2009-10 season. Women's cross country, women's golf, women's indoor track and field, women's outdoor track and field, and women's volleyball all earned a perfect score. Women's golf scored 1,000 for the third consecutive year and volleyball had a perfect score for the second consecutive year.

"We have made great strides in academics at Weber State the last few years and I'm pleased with the positive academic progress each of our teams are making," said Weber State director of athletics Jerry Bovee. "We have seen continued improvement across the board in all of our sports. This is a credit to our support staff and coaches but ultimately, the credit goes to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes. I am confident we are headed in the right direction and I look for even more academic improvements in the future as we continue to raise the level of expectation academically for all of our student-athletes."

The only sport at Weber State to face a penalty in the 2011-12 academic year will be football, but the squad has seen a significant APR improvement in recent years. Football posted an APR score of 939 in 2009-10 and improved its multi-year average to 913, up from 894 following 2008-09 and 881 in 2007-08. The football team's single-year score has exceeded the NCAA's 925 benchmark each of the past three years. However, because the multi-year rate falls between 900 and 925, the football team will have a minor scholarship reduction for the 2011-12 school year.

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