INDIANAPOLIS – A total of four University of New Hampshire teams – football, women’s indoor track & field, women’s outdoor track & field and men’s soccer – recorded conference-high Academic Progress Rate scores. The NCAA announced the most recent scores Wednesday.
The women’s indoor track & field team, which was feted May 7 with an NCAA Public Recognition Award for posting a multi-year Academic Progress Rate score in the top 10 percent of its sport (ranging from 980 to a perfect 1,000), received a mark of 997. The women’s outdoor track & field team received the same score to also lead the America East conference.
UNH’s football team, which advanced to the NCAA FCS tournament for a nation-leading 10th consecutive year and made its first FCS semifinal appearance, led the CAA at 977.
The Wildcats’ men’s soccer team, which placed second in the America East regular-season standings, topped all conference schools with a score of 985.
The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all D-I sports teams nationally. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
For the 2014-15 academic year, teams must earn a 930 four-year average APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years to participate in NCAA championships. In 2015-16 and beyond, teams must earn a four-year APR of 930 to compete in championships. All 20 UNH programs scored significantly higher than the required score.
The men’s basketball team, also honored last week with an NCAA Public Recognition Award, ranked fourth in America East by notching a 990 APR. Among other notable UNH programs, the America East champion women’s cross country team ranked second in the league at 995, the East Atlantic Gymnastics League champion gymnastics team tied for second in EAGL with that identical score and men’s hockey, which advanced to the Hockey East title game, also posted a 995 APR to record the third-best mark in the league.
The America East championship teams in both field hockey (992) and women’s swimming & diving (991), as well as women’s lacrosse (991), also posted an APR higher than 990 to give the ‘Cats a total of nine teams at or above that mark. Women’s skiing (989) and women’s ice hockey (988) were very close to that 990 APR score.
UNH APR (2010-13)
Indoor track & field (women’s) 997
Outdoor track & field (women’s) 997
Cross country (women’s) 995
Ice Hockey (men’s) 995
Field hockey 992
Swimming & diving 991
Basketball (men’s) 990
Skiing (women’s) 989
Ice hockey (women’s) 988
Skiing (men’s) 986
Soccer (men’s) 985
Basketball (women’s) 982
Indoor track & field (men’s) 981
Outdoor track & field (men’s) 981
Soccer (women’s) 971
Cross country (men’s) 969