Marshall shines in academic progress
HUNTINGTON — Marshall University had six athletic programs earn a perfect single-year 2017-18 APR (Academic Progress Rates) score, the NCAA announced Wednesday.
Also, eight Thundering Herd programs either improved or equaled their multi-year APR score from last year, including volleyball, which set a program record for its best mark since APR became a metric for NCAA Division I academic performance in 2003.
The Herd programs with a perfect single-year APR of 1,000 were men’s and women’s golf, softball, women’s soccer, swimming and diving and volleyball. Swimming and diving and volleyball recorded a perfect single-year figure for the fourth consecutive year.
Nine programs — men’s and women’s golf, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, softball, women’s soccer, swimming and diving, track and field and volleyball — have a multi-year APR average equal to or higher than the national average of 983, which was the highest ever recorded by the NCAA. The multiyear scores cover the academic years 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18.
“The addition of the Buck Harless Student-Athlete Academic Center continues to benefit our young people and these numbers bear that out,” Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said in a HerdZone.com release.
“Their performance, along with the hard work put in by our academic support unit and coaching staffs, underscore why success in the classroom is one of the most important priorities at Marshall.”
According to the APR, Marshall had five athletic programs finish in the top five within their sport in Conference USA: women’s basketball, women’s soccer, swimming and diving, track and field and volleyball.
The NCAA Division I academic progress rates system was implemented in 2003 as part of “an ambitious academic reform effort,” according to the NCAA’s website.
The APR holds institutions accountable for academic progress of student-athletes through a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for each academic term.