May 25, 2011
The Bruin softball program posted the second-highest Academic Progress Rates (APR) at UCLA for 2009-10 and also had the second-highest APR among all Pac-10 softball teams, as announced by the NCAA on Tuesday.
The APR covers a four-year period from 2006-07 through 2009-10. Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. The average D-I APR is 970. An APR score of 925 is the minimum level of academic success; teams scoring below 925 can lose scholarships and face other sanctions over time, including bans on postseason play.
Softball, which was behind only women's golf's 1,000 APR for 2009-2010, has been among the top three teams for UCLA APR in each of the last five years (T-1st/'06-'07; 2nd/'09-'10; 3rd/'08-'09, '07-'08, '05-'06).
UCLA softball has also been in the top two among Pac-10 softball squads during that same five-year span (1st/'08-'09; T-1st/'06-'07, '05-'06; 2nd/'09-'10, '07-'08).
Each of UCLA's 24 sports had four-year APR averages above the 925 score the NCAA uses as a threshold for penalties. In fact, 18 of UCLA's 24 sports (75%) had four-year averages of 970 or higher. Twenty-two sports had scores of at least 950 with a 23rd at 948.
"Our student-athletes work extremely hard to be just as successful in the classroom as they are on the field of competition," said UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero. "The data released by the NCAA is a tribute to the determination of those student-athletes. The data also speaks volumes about all of our outstanding academic support personnel and our coaches, who continuously stress the importance of taking advantage of the educational opportunities at UCLA."
Since the inception of the APR system, UCLA has never suffered a loss of scholarship in any sport due to a low APR average.
Here are UCLA's four-year APR averages by sport:
Baseball - 979 (national average 959)
Football - 956 (national average 946)
Men's Basketball - 948 (national average 945)
Men's Cross Country - 989
Men's Golf - 930
Men's Soccer - 972
Men's Tennis - 985
Men's Track, Indoor - 968
Men's Track, Outdoor - 956
Men's Volleyball - 972
Men's Water Polo - 970
Softball - 993
Women's Basketball - 973
Women's Cross Country - 977
Women's Golf - 1000 (Top 10 percent nationally in sport)
Women's Gymnastics - 973
Women's Rowing - 979
Women's Soccer - 957
Women's Swimming - 984
Women's Tennis - 979
Women's Track, Indoor - 982
Women's Track, Outdoor - 976
Women's Volleyball - 976
Women's Water Polo - 987
UCLA's single year (2009-10) APR for football was 968, second-highest in the Pac-10. UCLA's single year (2009-10) APR for men's basketball was 989, highest in the Pac-10. UCLA's single year (2009-10) APR for baseball was 1,000, highest (tied) in the Pac-10.