High marks off the field for Syracuse University’s many athletes according to the NCAA’s latest Academic Progress Report just out.
Student athletes earn points in several areas like remaining academically eligible and the team’s score points for things like graduation rates.
In the latest 4-year APR ending with 2014-15 S.U. Athletics scored its highest multi-year average ever.
Men’s and Women’s Basketball are two of the Orange’s eleven teams to notch perfect APR scores.
Tommy Powell is the Assistant Provost for Student Athlete Development at S.U.
He tells NewsChannel 9, “Everyone has a chance to affect our number and that’s the University, the Athletic Department and the individual student athletes so they are the ones doing the work, I never want to lose sight of that because these numbers are celebrating their hard work.”
Rick Burton is the school’s Faculty Athletics representative to the ACC and NCAA.
He says, you can have both winning on the scoreboard and in the classroom with one helping the other.
“You can now recruit the type of kid who wants to be intellectually stimulated as well as play on a top team.” Burton says.
This year’s numbers will not get reported until the Fall, but Powell says he has already got a look at a lot of them and he really likes the way it is trending.
Powell says, “These numbers I think are a sign of our health as a department, as a university because as we move forward I just got excited about the years to come as these numbers continue to rise for us.”
Burton adds, “You’re going to have to bring it both in the classroom and on the field or court and you’re going to have to have proven that you can do that in high school before you come to Syracuse.”
Five programs, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Football, Women’s Soccer and Softball, had all-time high multi-year averages.