The 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.