June 11, 2013
RUSTON - For the third consecutive year, all 16 of Louisiana Tech's athletic programs remained penalty-free as the latest Academic Progress Rates (APR) were released by the NCAA today.
The University continued to see impressive scores posted by its student-athletes across the board as four programs recorded their highest single year APR while seven of them saw their highest four-year APR.
"We continue to be proud of the progress and achievements of our student-athletes academically," said Tech Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde. "Our coaches and staff put an emphasis on recruiting student-athletes who are not only talented on the playing fields but who also strive to succeed in the classroom. I want to recognize not only the hard work of the student-athletes, but the dedication of our faculty and academic support service areas."
In addition to succeeding on the gridiron and the hardwood, the Bulldog football and men's basketball teams led the way in continued improvements in the classroom. The LA Tech football team posted an all-time high single year (961) and multi-year (951) APR as its multi-year APR was the second highest among all Division I public institutions in the state.
Under the direction of second year head coach Mike White, the Bulldog basketball team - which suffered NCAA penalties four years ago - recorded an all-time program best single year APR of 951.
Other LA Tech programs that posted all-time single year highs included men's cross country (1000) and women's bowling (1000) while men's cross country (985), men's golf (1000), bowling (991), women's indoor track and field (959), women's outdoor track and field (959) and softball (987) all posted program best four-year APRs.
Head coach Jeff Parks and the Bulldog golf team were recognized last week with their third straight NCAA Public Recognition Award after their APR ranked in the top 10 percent among all the men's golf programs in the nation.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each quarter by 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.
In the most recent Federal Graduation Rate Report released last fall, Louisiana Tech's student-athletes reached another all-time high in the classroom as the University recorded its highest student-athlete Graduation Success Rate (GSR) ever. Tech's student-athletes recorded a four-year graduation success rate of 76 percent, which was four percentage points better than the previous record-high of 72.
Tech also boasted a pair of Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-Americans this past school year as Bulldog football player Ray Holley (first team) and Lady Techster designated player Erin Kipp (second team) both earned the prestigious honors.