UH Manoa athletic teams remain near academic performance rate national average

May 19, 2014  |   |  Comments
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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa remained near the national average in the latest Academic Performance Rate (APR), which was released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Five of 18 UH Mānoa sport programs posted multi-year rates equal or higher than their sport’s respective national averages—football (962, national average: 951), men’s golf (984, 974), women’s cross country (985, 985), women’s soccer (983, 982), women’s swimming and diving (989, 987). The multi-year rate includes single-year scores from the past four academic years (2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12 and 2012–13).

According to the NCAA, the average national APR score for all sports is 976. Overall, UH Mānoa’s multi-year all-team APR is 968, which declined for the second consecutive year from a record high of 972 in 2010–11.

Although 10 of UH Mānoa’s sports posted lower multi-year scores compared to last year, five programs posted higher rates—men’s golf (957 to 984), men’s tennis (962 to 965), men’s volleyball (949 to 956), women’s soccer (978 to 983) and women’s water polo (966 to 967)—while three programs remained the same—football (962), women’s golf (950), and women’s tennis (967).

The football team’s score of 962 is the highest in the program’s history and higher than the average of both the FBS (956) and for teams competing in the Mountain West Conference (958).

Most importantly, no UH Mānoa team is in any danger of falling below the 930 threshold, or a 940 average over the most recent two years, which would result in loss of scholarship or postseason ban.

Four teams — men’s golf, women’s cross country, women’s tennis, and women’s water polo ’ posted perfect single-year scores of 1,000 for the 2012–13 academic year. In fact, men’s golf and women’s tennis posted perfect scores for the third time in the last four years.

In addition, eight teams raised or equaled their single-year score, with reference to their own average. The program posting the highest single-year improvement from the previous year was women’s cross country (939 to 1,000) while men’s basketball (900 to 958) and women’s water polo (943 to 1,000) also showed significant improvements.

“I am pleased that all of our teams meet the 930 APP penalty benchmark,” said a UH Athletics Director Ben Jay. “Special recognition goes to football, men’s golf, women’s soccer, and women’s swimming and diving for reaching our goal of meeting the average of their peer programs in their sport. This is no easy task and takes a dedicated effort over time. As more of our sports increase their graduation rates we can be assured we are moving in a positive direction and providing our student-athletes with the needed support so they can be successful in acquiring their degrees from the University of Hawaiʻi.”

The APR is calculated based on the number of student-athletes who are academically eligible to compete, the number who remain at UH Mānoa, and the number who graduate within five years. Teams with a four-year score below 930 can be penalized by a loss of scholarships; teams with a four-year score below 900 are subject to more severe penalties, culminating in a loss of eligibility for post-season play.

For the sixth consecutive year, no UH Mānoa team will be penalized with loss of scholarship.

After the fall semester, UH Mānoa student-athletes posted a 3.03 cumulative grade point average and remained over the 3.00 mark for the third straight semester. Fifty-nine percent, or 295 student-athletes, achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the fall, which includes 21 perfect 4.0’s.

Multi-year APR (2012–13 Single-year APR)

Men’s Sports

  • Baseball: 965 (970)
  • Basketball: 949 (958)
  • Football: 962 (975)
  • Golf: 984 (1000)
  • Swimming and Diving: 965 (952)
  • Tennis: 955 (923)
  • Volleyball: 956 (923)

Women’s Sports

  • Basketball: 950 (945)
  • Cross Country: 985 (1000)
  • Golf: 950 (909)
  • Soccer: 983 (986)
  • Softball: 971 (952)
  • Swimming and Diving: 989 (980)
  • Tennis: 976 (1000)
  • Indoor Track and Field: 975 (966)
  • Outdoor Track and Field: 975 (961)
  • Volleyball: 962 (977)
  • Water Polo: 967 (1000)

The NCAA Committee on Academic Performance instituted the APR data requirements beginning in the 2003–04 academic year. This year’s figures constitute a multi-year score (four-year rolling average), which includes the 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, and 2012–13 academic years. The benchmark of 930 projects to an NCAA Graduation Success Rate of approximately 50 percent.

The overall goal of measuring APRs is to encourage improved academic performance and help institutional administrators examine admission policies, retention and graduation rates, and improve academic support for student-athletes. Only student-athletes on scholarship are factored into the APR scores.

A UH Mānoa athletics department news release

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