November 2014

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5 academic pursuits as vigorously as they do their athletics dreams and aspirations," said Gary Barta, the UI director of athletics. "is announcement also provides me an opportunity to thank everyone on the UI campus that makes this success story possible annually. ese numbers are a reflection of a team effort that includes a long list of individuals and units and departments on the UI campus who are committed to the academic success of our student-athletes including, most notably, the staff who work in our Student-Athlete Academic Services unit." Last spring, paced by all-time high scores in nine sports programs, all 24 of the University of Iowa's intercollegiate athletics programs were shown to be achieving at a rate that surpassed the national benchmark for academic success established by the NCAA. e NCAA's Academic Progress Rate (APR) report for 2013-14 revealed that — for the fih consecutive year — all of Iowa's 24 sports programs were well above the 930 threshold that signals a red flag with respect to academic progress. e highlights of results for the UI's student-athletes include: All 24 of the UI's sports programs scored well above 930, the threshold that triggers NCAA sanctions ranging from loss of practice time to participation in national championships participation. Nine UI sports teams posted all-time high scores. at list of sports includes Iowa's football, men's basketball, baseball, men's golf, men's swimming and diving, women's rowing, women's soccer, women's swimming and diving, and volleyball. e APR for 16 of the UI sports teams was better than the national average for their peer group. e list of 16 includes Iowa football, men's basketball, women's basketball, and wrestling programs. Men's golf and baseball ranked among the top 10 percent of their peers and were honored last week by the NCAA for that accomplishment. Men's golf scored a perfect 1,000. e APR for 15 of Iowa's programs either increased or held steady year-over-year. e largest increases in APR were achieved by Iowa's men's gymnastics (plus 20) and men's basketball (plus 18) teams. e Academic Progress Rate measures eligibility and retention of student- athletes competing on every NCAA Division I sports team. e APR scores from last spring were based on a multi-year rate that averaged scores from the 2009-10, 2010- 11, 2011-12, and 2012-13 academic years. e goal of the NCAA's academic performance program is improvement, not punishment. Not only does the program ensure accountability for student- athletes, teams, and institutions, but it also provides fairness by considering individual circumstances per team and school. e 2013-14 academic year marked the 10th year of APR data for most teams. Beginning in 2012-13, teams must have earned a minimum four-year APR of 900 or a 930 average over the most recent two years to be eligible to participate in the NCAA championship. An APR of 930 projects a Graduation Success Rate of approximately 50 percent. To participate in 2014-15 championships, teams must have earned a 930 four-year average or a 940 average over the most recent two years to participate in the NCAA championship. In 2015-16 and beyond, teams must earn a four-year APR of 930 to be eligible to participate in postseason competition.

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