‘Bows Athletics post record APR score; 11 teams produce perfect single-year scores


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University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Athletics recorded an all-time high Academic Performance Rate (APR) score of 984 in figures released by the NCAA Tuesday. The multiyear score is an average of all UH sports and based out of 1,000.

UH’s score bettered last year’s previous high of 981 and is above the national average of 983 for the first time. This year marked the sixth consecutive year that UH improved its multiyear score from the previous year.

Men’s swimming and diving posted a perfect multiyear score of 1,000 and earned NCAA Public Recognition for being in the top 10 of their respective sport. In addition, a record 11 of the school’s 18 teams posted perfect single-year scores of 1,000 during the 2018-19 academic year, eclipsing the previous high of nine set two years ago, 

“I’m pleased with the overall trajectory of our APR scores, including a record amount of teams who had perfect single-year scores,” Athletics Director David Matlin said. “This is a testament to the work our student-athletes put in the classroom and their commitment to academics. Credit also goes to our coaches and academic staff, who set the bar high. That said, we can always be better and we’ll continue to focus on the academic needs of our student-athletes so they can prosper and reach their goal of graduating.”

Thirteen teams posted multiyear scores of 980 or higher while five programs recorded their highest multiyear scores ever – men’s swimming (1,000), men’s volleyball (995), women’s beach volleyball (963), women’s swimming (997), and women’s track and field (993). Eleven of those teams also matched or bettered their respective sports’ national average including six of the seven men’s teams. 

Among the UHM teams that posted perfect single-year scores included five of seven men’s sports – basketball, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball, the latter of which posted its third perfect score in the last three reporting years. Six of the 11 women’s sports earned perfect single-year scores – beach volleyball, cross country, tennis, track and field, volleyball and water polo. Women’s tennis achieved a perfect single-year score for the sixth time in the last seven years.

Multi-YearNational Multi-Year AverageNotes
Baseball971979977Third straight single-year score of 971 or better
Men’s Basketball1,000983966Second straight single-year score of 1,000
Football949949968Single-year +35 from LY
Men’s Golf1,0009879876th single-year 1,000 in the last 8 years
Men’s Swim & Dive1,0001,000983First NCAA Public Recognition award
Men’s Tennis1,0009849835th single-year 1,000 in the last 8 years
Men’s Volleyball1,000995986Three straight single-year 1,000; highest multiyear ever
Women’s Basketball948964983Lowest multiyear since 2012-13 (950)
Women’s Beach Volleyball1,0009639924rd reporting year; 1st single-year 1,000; highest multiyear
Women’s Cross Country1,0009869894rd straight year of multiyear 984 or higher
Women’s Golf882966992Lowest multiyear since 2013-14 (965)
Softball9889849866th straight multiyear of 984 or higher
Women’s Soccer987997990Single-year score above 987 for 6th straight year
Women’s Swim & Dive990997993Highest multiyear score ever
Women’s Tennis1,0009939916th  single-year 1,000 in the last 7 years
Women’s Track & Field1,000993984Highest all-time single-year and multiyear scores
Women’s Volleyball1,0009899882nd single-year 1,000 in the last 3 years
Women’s Water Polo1,0009849873rd single-year 1,000 in the last 4 years

The APR is calculated based on the number of student-athletes on scholarship and those who are retained and remain eligible for competition. Teams with a four-year score below 930 or a 950 average over the most recent two years, can be penalized by a loss of scholarships and post-season ban. The multi-year rate includes single-year scores from the past four academic years (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19) and for the 12th consecutive year, no UHM team will be penalized with loss of scholarship.

Now in its 16th year, the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance instituted the APR data requirements beginning in the 2003-04 academic year. The benchmark of 930 projects to an NCAA Graduation Success Rate of approximately 50 percent. The overall goal of measuring APRs is to encourage improved academic performance and help institutional administrators examine admission policies, retention and graduation rates, and improve academic support for student-athletes. Only student-athletes on scholarship are factored into the APR scores.

UH fields 21 intercollegiate sports programs, however, the NCAA’s APR only includes 18 as indoor and outdoor track and field are counted as one score and coed and women’s sailing are non-NCAA sports. 

More information about the APR is available on the NCAA website (www.ncaa.org).

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