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All LBSU Athletic Teams Exceed NCAA APR Minimum for Seventh Straight Year
Head Softball Coach Kim Sowder with Darian Tautalafua

Head Softball Coach Kim Sowder with Darian Tautalafua

June 11, 2013

For the seventh straight year, every single Long Beach State athletic team exceeded the APR minimum for Division I teams, the NCAA announced on Tuesday. The APR, which stands for multi-year Academic Performance Rates, covers a four-year period for the academic years of 2008-09 to 2011-12 and the 49ers surpassed the minimum score in 18 sports the school fields in competition. Sand volleyball is not taken into account because it is still an emerging sport.

"Once again, I am pleased that the 49er teams have surpassed the annual academic requirements of the NCAA, and that we remain leaders in athletics and academics excellence," said CSULB President F. King Alexander."

The NCAA developed the APR in 2004 to measure the academic progress and performance of athletic programs at its member institutions. All 18 of LBSU team's surpassed the 930 minimum, with men's basketball, men's cross country and softball posting the highest APR for those sports in the Big West Conference.

Men's cross country, women's golf, women's soccer and women's indoor track and field equaled last year's APR, while men's basketball (+10), men's indoor track and field (+14), men's outdoor track and field (+23), softball (+7) and women's volleyball (+18) each posted improved scores from last year's report.

"We are most proud of our continued success in managing the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate," noted Director of Athletics Vic Cegles. "It exemplifies the commitment our coaches and staff have made to student development and graduation."

The APR is determined by using the eligibility and retention for each student-athlete on scholarship during a particular academic year. Student-athletes are awarded one point for each semester they are enrolled and one point for each semester they are eligible for intercollegiate competition. A student-athlete can earn a maximum of two points per semester and a maximum of four points during an academic year.

About the APR
The APR is calculated by taking the number of possible points for a particular sport and dividing that number by the total number of points earned from student-athlete retention and eligibility over the same period of time. The percentage is then multiplied by 1,000 to get the actual APR.

The NCAA does not penalize an institution for student-athletes who remain academically eligible but did not return to the institution due to circumstances beyond the student and/or institution's control. Examples of this include student-athletes who leave to pursue professional athletics, suffer from incapacitating physical or mental illness, or experience extreme financial difficulties as the result of a specific event such as a death in the family.

In order to compete in the 2013-14 postseason, teams must achieve a 900 multi-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years. The same standard was in place for the 2012-13 academic year. This standard will increase to a multi-year 930, which predicts to a Graduation Success Rate of approximately 50 percent, or a 940 two-year average APR for the 2014-15 postseason.

Complete information on the 2013 APR Report can be found on the NCAA website.

Breakdown of LBSU's APR by Team
Baseball - 970
Men's Basketball - 969
Men's Cross Country - 1000
Men's Golf - 962
Men's Indoor Track & Field - 977
Men's Outdoor Track & Field - 965
Men's Volleyball - 987
Men's Water Polo - 961
Softball - 993
Women's Basketball - 982
Women's Cross Country - 969
Women's Golf - 991
Women's Soccer - 970
Women's Tennis - 976
Women's Indoor Track & Field - 966
Women's Outdoor Track & Field - 963
Women's Volleyball - 970
Women's Water Polo - 964

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