Syracuse University Athletics hits a high mark in the classroom

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Syracuse University Athletics is checking in with its best ever Academic Progress Report (APR) released Wednesday by the NCAA.

A school-record seven programs earned NCAA recognition for their perfect four-year APR score, including women’s soccer (fourth consecutive year) and men’s basketball (third consecutive year).

In addition, Syracuse’s men’s cross country, men’s track and field, and women’s tennis each earned a perfect four-year APR score for the second year in a row.

The Orange women’s cross country program scored a perfect four-year APR score for the seventh time in 10 years, while the volleyball program recorded a perfect four-year score for the third time.

Every Syracuse team surpassed the minimum standard of 930 (a perfect score is 1,000) and, in combining the program numbers, the University earned the highest four-year average (.987)  since APR began in 2006.

In addition to the multi-year average, the NCAA tracks one-year scores for every team.

For 2017-18, 12 Orange teams posted a perfect one-year rate, which is the highest number of teams Syracuse to accomplish that in the same year.

Those programs are men’s cross country, men’s soccer, men’s track & field, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s rowing, field hockey, women’s ice hockey, women’s soccer, softball, women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball.

Tommy Powell is SU’s Assistant Provost for Student-Athlete Academic Development.

Powell tells NewsChannel 9, “The story is really about how hard each student-athlete works day in and day out here at a tremendous academic institution.  The success they’re having both athletically and academically this year has truly been incredible.”

Syracuse’s seven teams with a perfect four-year APR ranks fourth among the Power 5 conferences in sports that all schools offer. Notre Dame and Northwestern have nine and Duke has eight.

Rick Burton is the David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management at SU and also the Faculty Athletic Representative to ACC and NCAA.

“We’ve become one of those universities that can be at the top of the pack when it comes to our athletic performance and at the top of the leaderboard when it comes to academic performance,” Burton says.

Powell adds, “Leaving Syracuse University with a college degree changes their lives forever.” 

The APR score follows the individual student and total program progression at each Division I institution, tracking student-athletes by assigning points for each semester they remain eligible and for staying enrolled or graduating. 

The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.

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