NCAA report shows continued increase in UAPB academic performance rate scores

NCAA4The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has just made its public release of Academic Performance Rate (APR) scores for all of its Division I members and the report indicates that the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff continues to show improvements across the board.

All 16 of UAPB’s teams met or exceeded their previous year’s scores while two teams, men’s tennis and women’s tennis, posted perfect 1000 scores, the women’s tennis team posting a perfect score for the second consecutive year.  Additionally, for the second straight year, none of UAPB’s teams are subjected to post-season bans due to failing to meet established national academic benchmarks.

“We are not surprised by our teams’ scores in the report, in fact, we expected to have a great report,” said Lonza Hardy Jr., UAPB’s Director of Athletics.  “Keeping the ‘student’ in ‘student-athlete’ is always our focus.  Our student-athletes, our coaches, our support staff and our administration have worked religiously and collaboratively to provide the support services necessary to ensure the success of our student-athletes, both in the classroom as well as in athletics competition.  Everyone is to be commended for contributing to the success of our students.”

Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, UAPB’s Chancellor, echoed Hardy’s sentiments.

“Our student-athletes annually are pacesetters on our campus in terms of graduation success rates,” noted Chancellor Alexander.  “We are always well-represented on our conference’s All-Academic Team as well as in the number of our student-athletes inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society (Chi Alpha Sigma).  We have put programs in place on our campus to give all of our students, including those competing on our athletics teams, fair opportunities to succeed.  We are witnessing the fruits of our labor.”

The chart below shows the multi-year APR numbers for each of UAPB’s 16-sponsored sports for the past two years:


TEAM                                      2014-15                   2013-14                   DIFFERENCE

Baseball                                  935                          935                          Remained the same

Men’s Basketball                    951                          949                          Increased by 2

Men’s Cross Country               954                          918                          Increased by 36

Football                                   923                          919                          Increased by 4

Men’s Golf                              873                          795                          Increased by 78

Men’s Tennis                          1000                        981                          Increased by 19

Men’s Track-Indoor                 944                          907                          Increased by 37

Men’s Track-Outdoor              945                          909                          Increased by 36

Women’s Basketball              981                          966                          Increased by 15

Women’s Cross Country         969                          913                          Increased by 56

Softball                                   966                          954                          Increased by 12

Women’s Soccer                     983                          977                          Increased by 6

Women’s Tennis                     1000                        1000                        Remained the same

Women’s Track-Indoor           982                          938                          Increased by 44

Women’s Track-Outdoor        986                          944                          Increased by 42

Women’s Volleyball               966                          943                          Increased by 23

Over the past two years alone, a total of 115 students who competed on various teams have been awarded their degrees during UAPB’s spring and fall Commencement Exercises.  Additionally, 14 of UAPB’s 16 teams have cumulative team grade point averages of 3.0 or higher while 124 Golden Lion student-athletes made the SWAC All-Academic Team during the past academic year.


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