Boilermakers continue High APR & GSR marks

Purdue University (WLFI File Photo)
Purdue University (WLFI File Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) – The NCAA announced today that for the third consecutive year all 20 Purdue teams (indoor and outdoor track and field are counted separately) are above the 930 Academic Progress Rate (APR) cutoff.

Fifteen of the squads maintained or improved their multi-year rate from a year ago: baseball (980 vs. 978), women’s cross country (remained 989), football (961 vs. 953), men’s golf (988 vs. 986), women’s golf (969 vs. 956), soccer (remained 983), softball (976 vs. 971), men’s swimming and diving (945 vs. 943), women’s swimming and diving (988 vs. 987), men’s tennis (986 vs. 980), women’s tennis (992 vs. 978), women’s indoor track and field (remained 965), women’s outdoor track and field (remained 969), volleyball (remained 1,000) and wrestling (966 vs. 942). Six teams had perfect 1,000 scores for the current year: baseball, women’s cross country, softball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and volleyball.

The APR, now in its 10th year, measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. The most-recent APR scores are multi-year rates – or a rolling four-year average – based on the scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

Last week, the volleyball team received its ninth consecutive public recognition award for posting a multi-year APR score in the top 10 percent of its sport.

“We are pleased that all of our programs are above the established threshold for the third consecutive year,” Purdue director of athletics Morgan Burke said. “We fully support the NCAA’s mission of academic reform, although we believe that a continued critical assessment of the impact of transfer students who leave while eligible is needed when calculating the APR scores.”

Meanwhile, the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of Purdue student-athletes has improved from 80 percent to 82 percent and is on track to hit 84 percent in 2015. Overall, 90 percent of student-athletes completing his/her eligibility at Purdue graduate.

Purdue student-athletes have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better for 10 consecutive semesters (five years) and have been at or above the overall student body for 33 consecutive semesters (16 and a half years). Both streaks are expected to continue when spring 2014 grades are finalized.

Student-athletes who graduated in May of 2013 realized a 90 percent job-placement rate.

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