MU's Classroom Success Recognized With APR Release
May 14, 2014
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) on Wednesday.
Each of MU's 16 NCAA Division I programs posted a four-year APR (2009-10/2012-13) above the national average. Last week, the women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's outdoor track & field (996) programs were recognized by the NCAA for finishing in the top 10 percent among its peers. The women's soccer squad, honored for the fifth-straight year, and volleyball team posted perfect scores of 1,000 while the track & field team collected a 996.
"Our mission is to strive for excellence in academics, athletics and leadership through service to others," Interim Vice President and Director of Athletics Bill Cords said. "Today's NCAA APR report is testimony to the pride and commitment our student-athletes, coaches and academic support team have in achieving academic excellence.
"In addition Marquette University's faculty are an important part of the academic success of our student-athletes," Cords added. "We are proud of the young men and women who represent our University so well as students, athletes and persons for others."
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 2013-14 academic performance of Marquette's student-athletes presents a perfect example of the group's successes in classrooms across campus. Of the 300 student-athletes, 65.0 percent posted GPAs of 3.0-or-above last semester and 62.1 percent (185-of-300) own a cumulative GPA at or above the same mark. The Golden Eagles also had 15 individuals earn perfect 4.0 GPAs for spring 2014, including numerous repeat performers. That group is highlighted by women's soccer player Kate Reigle, who graduated with a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA.
Marquette recently added 59 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.
A total of 65 student-athletes will join their fellow Marquette alums in graduation ceremonies this spring and summer, capping standout careers in the classroom and competition.