TROY, Alabama – Troy University student-athletes performed well in the latest NCAA Academic Progress Rate numbers released this week as six programs ranked among the leaders in the Sun Belt Conference and the Troy football team posted the highest APR score in program history.
All of Troy’s programs were well above the NCAA’s 930 multi-year threshold, while the women’s golf and women’s cross country teams posted perfect 1,000 scores and received special recognition from the NCAA last week.
“Competing at a high-level academically will continue to be a priority for Troy Athletics, as evidenced by these latest APR scores,” Troy Athletics Director Jeremy McClain said. “I am proud of our student-athletes, our coaches and our academic staff for the work they put in to get to this point.”
The Troy baseball (982) and men’s golf (993) programs posted the second-highest multi-year score in the Sun Belt in their respective sports, while women’s track & field has the third-best mark in the league with a 987 multi-year score.
The football program posted the highest score in its history with a 955 mark which is up 18 points from last season and up 32 points from the 2010-11 academic year.
The APR is a scorecard that tracks classroom performance of Division I sports teams, and it takes into account eligibility and retention of student-athletes over a four-year period. It measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport.
Teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason, and programs also can face penalties for continued low academic performance. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on annual scores from the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.
Ten of Troy’s programs either increased or maintained their multi-year APR from last year's report – two programs saw just a one-point decrease, one program saw just a two-point decrease and another just a five-point decrease.
Baseball (982), men’s basketball (975), men’s golf (993), women’s cross country (1,000), women’s golf (1,000), women’s tennis (993) and women’s track & field (987) all posted APR scores above the national average.