STORRS, Conn. -
The University of Connecticut had five teams that posted a perfect 1000 multi-year Academic Progress Rate, while 12 teams had perfect 1000 APR scores for the 2015-16 academic year.
The NCAA announced its latest report of the APR for all Division I schools on Wednesday, which included single-year scores for 2015-16 and four-year multi-year scores from 2012-16.
The UConn men’s basketball team had perfect 1000s in both its single-year and multi-year score. The time period of the multi-year score included when the Huskies won the 2014 national championship and advanced to the second round of the ’16 NCAA tournament.
The score by the men’s basketball team places it among the top 20 percent of all teams in the country in any sport and the top 10 percent in men’s basketball.
The UConn field hockey team also posed double 1000 scores – covering a time in which the Huskies won national championships in 2013 and ’14 and played in the NCAA tournament all four years.
The women’s basketball team had an impressive 989 multi-year score and won the NCAA national championship in each of the four seasons.
"We have shown here at UConn that you can compete athletically at the very highest level, including winning national championships, and succeed academically,” said UConn Director of Athletics David Benedict.
The other three teams that had perfect 1000 multi-year APR scores were golf and men’s and women’s tennis.
The other 10 teams that had perfect 1000 single-year APR scores for 2015-16 were: women’s cross country, golf, men’s ice hockey, women’s ice hockey, men’s soccer, men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis, women’s track and field and volleyball.
UConn had a total of 11 teams that had multi-year APR scores of 990 or better and 14 teams with single-year APR scores of 990 or better.
"I would like to also thank the staff of our Student-Athlete Success Program for their outstanding work with student-athletes from all 24 of our sports,” said Benedict. “Their dedication and caring are of great assistance in helping our young men and women enjoy academic success."
Among the other highlights for UConn in the latest NCAA report were:
*A 975 multi-year score for the football team, which is nine points above the FBS average and 16 points above the average for public institutions.
*A 997 multi-year score for men’s ice hockey with a third-consecutive perfect 1000 in 2015-16 as the program has made the transition to Hockey East.
*A 995 multi-year marks for men’s soccer as the team competed in the NCAA tournament in three of the seasons, including a trip to the quarterfinal in 2012 and ’13.
Last week, the NCAA announced that five UConn athletic programs were recognized for top academic performances. Based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates, the UConn men’s basketball, field hockey, men's golf and men’s and women’s tennis teams earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards. These awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent with their APRs in each sport.
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