Syracuse University athletes are scoring big in the classroom according to the NCAA’s latest academic progress rate released Wednesday.
The report covers up to the 2015-2016 academic year and shows 14 teams with perfect scores up from 11 last academic year.
The Syracuse men’s basketball and women’s soccer teams achieved perfect four year multi-year rates.
It marked the second consecutive year that the women’s soccer squad has earned the recognition.
For the 2015-16 academic year, each of Syracuse’s programs surpassed the minimum threshold of 930.
Rick Burton is a Sports Management Professor at SU’s Falk College and also serves as the school’s Faculty Athletic Representative to the ACC and NCAA.
“And the expectation is that I’m going to be a great student and the coaches are recruiting that way and the kids are getting here and going wait a minute I’m going to get a great degree by the time I’m finished.” Burton tells NewsChannel 9.
Tommy Powell, the Assistant Provost for Student Athlete Academic Development at SU, says, “These numbers translate into student athletes having a great experience both athletically and academically.”
Among the specific highlights at Syracuse are:
• The women’s soccer program and men’s basketball program had a perfect 1,000 multi-year average.
• Fourteen programs posted perfect scores of 1,000 in a single year, including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track & field, ice hockey, women’s soccer, tennis and volleyball.
• Six teams had a perfect single-year score for the third consecutive year, including men’s cross country, men’s indoor and outdoor track & field, women’s basketball, ice hockey and tennis.
• Syracuse University produced a single-year score of 990 for the athletic program, equaling the highest single-year score at the school. The multi-year institutional score of 985 also tied for the highest in program history.
Powell says, ” Hendrik Hilpert, Men’s Soccer tremendous student/athlete, finance major in the Whitman College was the Whitman Freshman of the Year last year, perfect 4.0. Cam MacPherson (football) working on his graduate degree here, perfect 4.0. We just had Saydee McQuay (rowing) deliver our Senior Address at our Senior breakfast this morning, wonderful biology major looking at medical school.”
It’s not just in the classroom, they say more and more student athletes are adding study abroad programs to their education.
“And I think that holistic experience is something that Syracuse is really great at,” Burton says.
The APR number is determined through the tracking of individual student progression and accumulated program progression at each Division I institution.
Scholarship student-athletes earn a point each semester for remaining eligible and a second point for staying enrolled or graduating. The four-year APR is compiled by averaging each program’s performance over a four-year period.
A program can also earn APR points when former student-athletes return to the institution to complete their degrees.