Eagles continue academic success with two teams earning perfect APR scores

Eagles continue academic success with two teams earning perfect APR scores

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The NCAA has released the 2022-23 Academic Progress Rate (APR) and two Eastern Washington University athletic programs have earned a perfect multiyear score. Both the Eagles’ men’s and women’s tennis earned a 1,000 multiyear score during the current academic calendar year, announced today by the NCAA. 

The APR is the annual standard of academic achievement that is calculated for all NCAA Division I sports. 

“Our student-athletes have done an outstanding job this year of focusing on their academics and that can be seen in the APR report,” explains EWU senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women’s Administrator Catherine Walker. “As a department, we’ve prioritized guiding our student-athletes to graduate and we continue to see success in that area. It is  also a credit to our academic advisors and each coaching staff who have focused on our student-athletes academic success.”

Women’s tennis continued to set the standard for the Eagles, earning a perfect APR score for the sixth consecutive year and ninth overall in program history. Men’s tennis earned a perfect score for the second consecutive year.

Eastern’s 14 programs all scored above the minimum threshold of 930, maintaining good standing with the NCAA for competition. 

EWU sports have now achieved a cumulative 40 scores of 1,000 since 2004-05. Public announcement of the APR ratings returned in 2022 — with the 2020-21 report — after a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

Eastern Washington 2022-23 APR Multiyear Rates (number of Student-Athletes) 

Men’s tennis – 1,000 (19)

Women’s tennis – 1,000 (23) 

Women’s soccer – 986 (88)

Women’s golf – 974 (21)

Women’s cross country – 972 (24)

Women’s track and field – 967 (98)

Women’s volleyball – 964 (36)

Men’s basketball – 959 (40)

Football – 958 (272)

Women’s basketball – 955 (43)

Men’s cross country – 944 (18)

Men’s track and field – 940 (66)

About the APR

While the idea of a more contemporary and accurate measure of a team’s academic success sprouted in the early 2000s as part of a comprehensive reform effort, it wasn’t until the 2004 NCAA Convention that what is now one of the most recognizable acronyms in the NCAA was officially adopted.

The APR, or Academic Progress Rate, holds institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for each academic term.

The APR is calculated as follows:

  • Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible.
  • A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate.
  • In addition to a team’s current-year APR, its rolling four-year APR is also used to determine accountability.
  • Teams must earn a four-year average APR of 930 to compete in championships.

Eastern Washington University Athletics sponsors 14 intercollegiate sports, six for men and eight for women, both as learning opportunities for its most athletically talented students and as an enhancement to student and community life. Eastern is affiliated with Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and is a member of the Big Sky Conference, an association of 10 regional schools with comparable enrollments and academic goals.


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