@LATechSports Continues to Shine in Classroom

May 23, 2018

RUSTON – In the NCAA’s most recent Academic Progress Rates (APR) released on Wednesday, all 16 of Louisiana Tech’s Division I sanctioned programs remained penalty-free with two programs recording historical bests in their multi-year scores.

Women’s soccer and softball both recorded their highest multi-year rates at 984 and 987, respectively, while baseball, football, men’s golf, women’s basketball and women’s cross country joined them with an increase in their scores from the previous year.

Louisiana Tech also posted its highest multi-year average of 965.4, besting last year’s 963.0 by 2.5 points. It marks the eighth time in the last nine years that LA Tech has boasted an average of 960 or higher on its multi-year rate.

APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each quarter back tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a picture of the academic culture in each sport. Each sport earns a single year rate and then a multi-year rate, which is a four-year average of the single year rates.

“Our student-athletes continue their commitment to success in the classroom,” said Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland. “Our mantra of building champions on the fields, in the classroom and in life continues to be our daily mission. These numbers once again prove that our coaches are working hard in recruiting high caliber student-athletes and those student-athletes are working hard in earning their degrees.”

The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.

A total of four programs (men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s basketball and softball) recorded an improvement in the single year rates.

LA Tech’s student-athletes recorded a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) above 80 percent for the fifth straight year while also graduating at a higher rate than the student body, according to the NCAA’s 2017 Graduation Success Rate data.

In this year’s report, LA Tech garnered a graduation success rate of 81 percent – falling just short of matching the University’s all-time high – and a Federal Graduation Rate of 62 percent. LA Tech’s four-year average for the Federal Graduation Rate is 62 percent.

The 81 percent graduation success rate ranks as the second highest in the state among Division I football-playing public institutions, trailing only LSU. LA Tech's graduation success rate easily outdistances the state average of 75 percent among the other nine Division I football-playing public institutions in the state of Louisiana.

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