MOREHEAD - All 16 Morehead State athletic teams have again reached the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) threshold of 900. The NCAA’s latest study covers the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years.
The Morehead State volleyball, women’s golf and women’s track & field programs recorded a 1,000 during all four years in the cohort, while women’s basketball, women’s cross country and soccer also turned in perfect scores during the report’s most recent school year.
“Congratulations to all of our student-athletes, especially those associated with the perfect scores,” MSU Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Services & Senior Woman Administrator Sara Larson said. “I enjoy working at Morehead State because our coaches are committed to recruiting quality student-athletes who will succeed in both the classroom and their playing venues.”
The NCAA’s multi-year APR is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort. The APR provides a real-time look at and full assessment of each team’s academic performance by tracking the progress of every student-athlete on scholarship each semester. It takes into account eligibility, retention and graduation.
Along with the perfect multi-year scores from volleyball, women’s golf and women’s track & field, the women’s cross country and soccer programs scored a 993 during the four-year period. Eleven sports scored 1,000 for eligibility/graduation in 2012-13, while six programs earned a maximum score for retention.
The athletic department acquired and refurbished the former Wellness Center into the 7,000-square-foot EAGLE Center in 2011. Morehead State is also one of six NCAA institutions receiving a $360,000 grant as part of a pilot program aimed at enhancing student-athlete academic performance and improving APR efforts. The university is contributing an additional $180,000 from 2013-15.
“We have an excellent facility at the EAGLE Center, and I believe our academic staff has the resources to help our athletes achieve their goals and earn their degrees,” Larson added. “This is an exciting time of year from an academics standpoint. Our student-athletes have worked hard throughout the school year, and we had several go through the university’s spring commencement.”