Six of Eastern Kentucky University's 13 athletic programs earned perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores for the 2018-19 academic year, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced recently.
This multi-year report is based on data submitted by every NCAA Division I institution for the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years. For the purpose of APR reporting, indoor and outdoor track & field is combined into one sport and beach volleyball has not accumulated enough data to be represented.
These six programs had perfect 1,000 scores for 2018-19 were men's basketball, men's golf, women's cross country, women's golf, softball and women's track & field.
The men's golf and women's golf teams tallied perfect 1,000 multi-year APR scores.
Meanwhile, the multi-year APR scores for men's golf (tied) and women's golf (tied) were the highest among all Division I institutions in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A total of six EKU programs were among the top-4 in the commonwealth.
Eight of EKU's sports had multi-year APR scores that ranked among the top-4 in the OVC - men's golf (tied 1st), women's golf (tied 1st), baseball (2nd), football (4th), men's cross country (4th), men's track & field (4th), women's cross country (4th), and women's basketball (tied 4th).
The Academic Progress Rate is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. The goal of the NCAA's academic performance program is improvement, not punishment. Not only does the program ensure accountability for student-athletes, teams and institutions, but it also provides fairness by considering individual circumstances per team and school.