Golden lions continue to achieve success in the classroom

The NCAA has released its annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores and the report shows that all of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff athletics teams are making the grade.
 
APR consists of team-based metrics that account for the eligibility and retention of student-athletes for each academic term. In order to avoid penalties, which could include postseason bans, a team must meet the required benchmark of .930.  All of UAPB’s 16 teams have avoided being penalized.
 
“We are happy that our student-athletes remain focused on their primary objective, which is to get a quality education and leave UAPB with a degree in hand,” said Lonza Hardy Jr., UAPB’s Director of Athletics.  “To help insure their success in the classroom, the students have a dedicated support staff at their disposal, including their coaches as well as an academic support team which works tirelessly to monitor their progress towards earning their respective degrees.” 
 
“I compliment our student-athletes on their success and I thank our administration, faculty and staff for their continuous focus on student success at UAPB.”
 
This year’s NCAA APR release show an increase in scores by teams at limited-resource schools and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).  According to the NCAA, the single-year Academic Progress Rate for limited-resource schools has increased from 939 to 968 since 2010, while HBCUs saw an increase from 913 to 956 during that time. Teams from schools not considered limited-resource institutions increased the single-year rate by only seven points (979 to 984) over that same time.
 
 For the 2015-16 academic year, the Golden Lions had all 16 sports to record a 930 single year benchmark or better. In addition, UAPB had five sports to record a perfect 1,000 benchmark, including men’s cross country, men’s track and field, soccer, women’s tennis and volleyball.  Also the Golden Lions had four sports to average a 970 or better, including baseball (978), football (970), women’s basketball (981) and women’s track and field (977).  Two teams at UAPB received the prestigious NCAA Public Recognition Award for attaining a perfect APR score of 1,000 — men’s tennis and soccer. 
 
UAPB had four teams to surpass or tie the national average in golf, softball, women’s basketball and volleyball. Women’s basketball surpassed the national average by 15 points with a 995 score, followed by volleyball finishing with a 989 mark (two points higher than the national average) and softball with a 984 mark (one point above the national average).  Men’s golf tied the national average with their 984 APR score.
 
UAPB had nine teams to improve their four-year APR score with soccer leading the pack with a perfect 1,000 score, increasing their score by 17 points.  Last year, the Lady Lions recorded a 983 score. 
 
The UAPB football program, which received level one penalties two years ago for their 2012-13 four-year APR score, has made great strides during the past four years.  The football team increased its score by 34 points from 882 to 916.  Their 2014-15 four-year average saw another increase by nine points from 916 to 923.   This year, the Golden Lion were able to increase their score by 23 points, from 923 to 947, the second highest increase by any of UAPB’s teams.
 
Men’s golf has the honor of attaining the most improved score with its 984 mark for the 2015-16 academic year.  The Golden Lions golf team increased its score by an amazing 111 points.  In the 2014-15 academic year, the team posted an 873 APR score.
 
Both softball and women’s basketball saw significant increases in their scores this year as well.  Women’s basketball increased its score by 14 points, going from 981 to 995, whereas softball saw an increase of 22 points, from 966 to 984.
 
Baseball increased its APR score by 14 points, rising from 935 to 949, and volleyball saw a 23-point increase, from 966 to 989.
 
Men’s and women’s cross country both increased their four-year averages, with the women’s team going from 969 to 970 and the men’s team going from 954 to 976.
 
The 2016-17 academic year has been an historic year for UAPB athletics in the world of academics.  This past April, UAPB inducted 23 student-athletes into the Arkansas Beta Chapter of the National College Athlete Honor Society (Chi Alpha Sigma), its largest class since its inception six years ago.  Fourteen of the University’s 16 sports have team grade point averages of 3.00 or higher.  Additionally, 38 student-athletes received degrees during the 2017 UAPB Spring Commencement exercises last Saturday after 24 student-athletes received their degrees last December.

UAPB APR Scores

UAPB Teams
Multi-Year Score
2015-2016 Scores
Baseball
949
978
Men’s Basketball
943
904
Men’s Cross Country
976
1,000
Football
947
970
Men’s Golf
984
857
Men’s Tennis
967
929
Men’s Track and Field
964
1,000
Women’s Basketball
995
981
Women’s Cross Country
970
958
Softball
984
957
Women’s Soccer
1,000
1,000
Women’s Tennis
1,000
1,000
Women’s Track and Field
982
977
Volleyball
989
1,000

 

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