Making the grade: FIU’s Academic Progress Rate score highest ever

The FIU Athletic Department’s continued dedication to academic excellence became apparent with the release of the seventh-annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) report, announced May 24 by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Hard work pays off as FIU scores well in academic progress

In the report, the university’s athletic programs registered their highest multi-year scores across the board in the seven-year history of the APR.

“Over the past four years, the FIU Athletic Department has demonstrated a proactive approach toward improving our APR scores,” FIU Executive Director for Sports and Entertainment Pete Garcia said. “We are starting to see the results of all of the hard work put in by our student-athletes, coaches and academic support staff. Our focus has been the commitment toward the academic support of our student-athletes. We have worked very hard to raise the bar, not only on the field, but more importantly in the classroom and this year’s scores are evidence to that.”

Today’s NCAA announcement listed its four-year rolling rate (2006-07 to 2009-10) and each team’s single-year rate (2009-10) with regards to eligibility, graduation and retention in Division I. FIU continued to show marked improvement in its annual scores for the fourth-consecutive year under Garcia.

Of the athletic department’s 17 sports programs, 16 finished above the required multi-year score of 925, while men’s basketball increased its multi-year score from 886 in 2008-09 to 910 in this year’s report (+24 points) – the first time the squad has recorded a multi-year score over 900.

Six teams (women’s cross country, softball, swimming & diving, women’s tennis, women’s indoor track & field and women’s outdoor track & field) each recorded perfect scores of 1000 for the 2009-10 academic year. The women’s tennis team was recognized by the NCAA on May 17 for its multi-year APR (1000), which ranks in the top 10 percent amongst all Division I women’s tennis programs.

Women’s cross country made the largest single-year improvement among all FIU sports, improving 143 points from the previous year (857 in 2008-09, to a 1000 in 2009-10). The 1000-point season was the squad’s second in the last three years. The men’s soccer program also made a significant jump, improving its single-year APR score from 875 in 2008-09 to 946 in 2009-10 (+89). Men’s soccer also improved its multi-year score by 32 points, recording a 940 in the latest report.

Women’s indoor and outdoor track & field each increased their single-year scores from a year ago by 80 points, to register scores of 1000 for the 2009-10 academic year. The teams also improved their multi-year scores by 41 points to register a 963 each.

Swimming & diving recorded a single-year score of 1000 (+60 points from last year), improving its multi-year APR score by 26 points to 960. Also making significant increases in their APR scores were men’s indoor and outdoor track & field (multi-year APR in 2008-09 of 909 to 935 in 2009-10), softball (from a single-year score of 943 last year to a perfect 1000 in 2009-10 and a 37 point increase in its multi-year score – 978), volleyball (increased single-year score by 20 points from last year for a 980 and increased its multi-year score to a 968), and women’s basketball (made a 56-point improvement over last year’s single-year score of 911 to this year’s 967).

For the second-straight season, baseball had a noticeable increase in both its single-year and multi-year APR scores. Baseball improved 15 points from last year’s 975 to record a 990 APR score during the 2009-2010 academic year. The team also saw a 64-point jump in its multi-year score, improving from an 890 in 2008-09 to a 954 in 2009-10. The 64-point increase was the largest multi-year improvement among all FIU programs. For baseball, both the single-year and multi-year scores were the highest for the program since the APR was implemented in 2003-04.

Football recorded its highest multi-year APR score, registering a 936 in this year’s report, 30 points better than last year’s score. Since the arrival of Head Coach Mario Cristobal, the football team’s multi-year APR score has improved by 51 points (885 prior to Head Coach Cristobal). Under Coach Cristobal, the football team has worked its way above the 925 multi-year APR mark and out of penalty (projected to take five to six years) in only three years.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.

For more information on the APR, log onto the NCAA’s official website at

FIU Academic Progress Rate Report – 2009-10

Men’s Sports – 2009-10 Rate (Multi-year Rate)

Baseball – 990 (954)
Basketball – 900 (910)
Cross Country – 917 (935)
Football – 927 (936)
Men’s Soccer – 946 (940)
Indoor Track & Field – 964 (935)
Outdoor Track & Field – 964 (935)

Women’s Sports – 2009-10 Rate (Multi-year Rate)

Basketball – 967 (957)
Cross Country – 1000 (958)
Golf – 926 (964)
Softball – 1000 (978)
Soccer – 924 (951)
Swimming & Diving – 1000 (960)
Tennis – 1000 (1000)
Indoor Track & Field – 1000 (963)
Outdoor Track & Field – 1000 (963)
Volleyball – 980 (968)

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