June 11, 2013
The NCAA released updated Academic Progress Rate (APR) data Tuesday, and the Tennessee rowing program posted a multi-year APR score of 100, its best ever. With rowing's multi-year APR score of 1000, the team received an APR Public Recognition Award for being in the top 10 percent in their sports nationally.
In addition, the Lady Vol Rowing Program was one of three teams to post a multi-year APR of 1000, along with Women's Golf and Women's Tennis.
The rowing team's single-year score for 2011-12, which is the most recent academic year to be included in a program's multi-year total, was also 1000. Rowing was one of eight Tennessee teams to post a 2011-12 APR of 1000, also including Men's Golf, Men's Tennis, Women's Golf, Softball, Women's Tennis, Women's Indoor Track, and Volleyball.
As announced on May 23, UT student-athletes posted a cumulative GPA of 3.05, the highest since 2003, the earliest year for which sport-by-sport data is available. Rowing was one of ten programs to record a 3.0 or higher and during the spring semester, the Lady Vols posted their highest team GPA with a team GPA of 3.37.
The APR, now in its ninth year, measures the eligibility and retention of scholarship student-athletes competing on every Division I athletics team, measuring progress toward degree while also serving as a predictor of graduation success. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the most recent four-year period, encompassing the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.
The APR is based on each student-athlete having the opportunity to earn two points during each regular academic term of full-time enrollment (e.g., fall semester). One point is awarded if the student-athlete is academically eligible to compete the following regular academic term (or has graduated). The other point is awarded if the student-athlete returns to the institution as a full-time student the next regular academic term or graduates from the university. The APR is calculated by adding all points earned by student-athletes over the past four academic years and dividing that number by the total possible points that could have been earned. That number is then multiplied by 1,000.