June 21, 2012

Ten Butler Teams Boast Perfect APR Scores

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Ten of Butler’s 19 sports recorded a perfect score of 1,000 in the latest NCAA Academic Progress Rates, released on Wednesday (June 20).  The figures released by the NCAA showed all 19 of Butler’s teams maintaining eligibility for postseason play during the 2012-13 school year.

Butler teams with a perfect APR included the men’s basketball squad, which made back-to-back appearances in the national championship game in the past three seasons.  The Bulldogs were one of just two men’s basketball teams in Indiana (Notre Dame was the other) and one of just 11 nationally to record a perfect APR.  The Butler men’s basketball team has had a perfect APR for six consecutive years.

Other Butler teams with a perfect APR were men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s indoor track, men’s outdoor track, women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s tennis, women’s indoor track and women’s outdoor track.  All 19 Butler teams had a score of 962 or better.    

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.  Rates are based on the past four year’s performance.

The standard for postseason access start at 900 APR but over the next few years climbs to 930, which equates to a 50 percent Graduation Success Rate.

The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.

Earlier, Butler had 11 teams honored by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards for achieving an APR in the top 10 percent of their Division I peers.