Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State Athletics Department’s ongoing commitment to academic excellence was evident in Tuesday’s Academic Progress Report (APR) that was released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The most recent APR score, the 2011-12 year, marked the first time in nearly a decade that all of TSU’s 12 sports scored over 900.
TSU’s top performers were the women’s basketball team which scored a 990 in the report’s most current academic year, 2011-12. The Lady Tigers, whose APR sat at 949 during 2008-09, increased their score each of the four years that the report covered.
The next highest scores came from softball (967), men’s golf (963), women’s cross country (962) and men’s cross country (960). The volleyball team saw the biggest rise in APR, as the team went from an 890 in 2010-11 to a 930 in the reports most recent year.
Some of TSU’s biggest academic improvements also occurred with the outdoor women’s track team that went from 926 to 941 and the men’s tennis team whose APR of 946 in 2012 was 15 points higher than the previous year.
In all, 10 of Tennessee State’s programs increased their APR scores from the previous term including football and men’s basketball.
The APR numbers released Tuesday are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic. Each Fall and Spring(+Summer) semester student-athletes receiving athletically related financial aid earns one retention point for staying in school and one eligibility point for being academically eligible. A team's total points are divided by the points possible and then multiplied by one thousand to equal the team's Academic Progress Rate score.