June 20, 2012
RUSTON - For the fourth consecutive year, Louisiana Tech saw impressive improvements in the majority of its Academic Progress Rates (APR) which were released today by the NCAA as part of its continuing academic reform efforts.
All 16 of its NCAA sanctioned programs will be penalty free in 2012-13 as Louisiana Tech received zero penalties for the second consecutive year.
Louisiana Tech saw nine of its programs record their highest multi-year APR scores ever while five registered their highest single year APR score ever. Four of the programs also earned a perfect 1,000 score on the single year rate while men's golf registered a perfect 1,000 on its multi-year rate, earning Jeff Parks Bulldogs an NCAA APR Award for finishing in the top 10 percent.
Eight of Tech's programs saw their multi-year rate stay the same or improve over last year's while seven of them saw an increase in their single year rate.
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.
"We are extremely proud of the progress and achievements of our student-athletes academically," said Tech Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde. "Our coaches and staff have recruited student-athletes who have demonstrated they are sincere about earning a degree. I want to recognize the faculty and academic support services area for their hard work as well."
For the 2010-11 academic year, LA Tech baseball (979), football (946), men's cross country (985), golf (1000), women's basketball (987), women's cross country (987), soccer (977), tennis (963) and softball (987) each achieved their highest multi-year rate.
Golf (1,000), bowling (1000), women's cross country (1000), soccer (989) and softball (1000) all recorded their highest single year rate as well.
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 72 percent which ranks as the second highest in the state among Division I football-playing public institutions and among the best in the nation.
LA Tech's graduation success rate - which was two percentage points better than the previous record-high of 70 - easily outdistances the state average of 66 percent among the other nine Division I football-playing public institutions in the state of Louisiana.
Tech also recorded the second highest federal graduation rate of any state school at 56 percent, trailing only Tulane.