MU's Classroom Success Recognized With Latest APR Release
June 12, 2013
Marquette University student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom and are surpassing the national average across-the-board, according to the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) this week.
Each of MU’s 14 NCAA Division I programs posted a four-year APR (2008-09/2011-12) above the national average. Last week, the women’s soccer program was recognized by the NCAA for finishing in the top 10 percent among its peers for the fourth-consecutive year, collecting a perfect score of 1000.
Men’s and women’s lacrosse, which didn’t start competition until 2012-13, won’t be included in the APR data collection until next year.
“Our primary mission at Marquette is to produce success-driven student-athletes,” Vice President and Director of Athletics Larry Williams said. “It’s a great source of pride to see our student-athletes receive well-deserved recognition for their respective efforts in the classroom, as well as in competition.”
Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face sanctions, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice and postseason participation. Rates are based on the past four years’ performance.
The 2012-13 academic performance of Marquette’s student-athletes presents a perfect example of the group’s successes in classrooms across campus. Of the nearly 300 student-athletes, 71 percent posted GPAs of 3.0-or-above last semester and 64 percent own a cumulative GPA at or above the same mark. The Golden Eagles also had 17 individuals earn perfect 4.0 GPAs for spring 2013, including numerous repeat performers.
Marquette recently added 48 members to the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society. Chi Alpha Sigma is the first national scholar-athlete society to honor those collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and in athletic competition. Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes college students who receive a varsity letter in their sport while maintaining a 3.4-or-higher cumulative GPA throughout their junior and/or senior years.