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Athletics Earns High Marks Academically

June 9, 2010

LAS VEGAS - The NCAA released the Division I Academic Progress Rates (APR), penalty reports and aggregate data for all NCAA Division I institutions on Wednesday, which again illustrated progress by UNLV Athletics in academics.

For the overall student-athlete population at UNLV, 2008-09 was a record year for both the one-year APR score of 966, which eclipsed the 964 score set in 2007-08, as well as the four-year APR score of 947, which bested 2007-08's 935.

The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years, and show that 10 of UNLV's 17 sports programs have better four-year scores than those released a year ago. Of those 10 squads, men's basketball made the largest improvement, going from a score of 900 for the 2007-08 academic year to 927 for the 2008-09 academic year, an improvement of 27 points.

In addition, 2008-09 saw four teams (women's golf, women's swimming, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field) post perfect one-year scores of 1000. And for the second consecutive year, no UNLV team is subject to any historical or contemporaneous APR penalties. Last year marked the first time since 2004-05 that UNLV did not have to suffer penalties.

"Once again our student-athletes have performed at a high level in the classroom," said UNLV Athletics Director Jim Livengood. "Our APR score continues to climb each year, which is outstanding, and we will continue to focus on improving. The commitment that our student-athletes and coaches put into academics is evident by the numbers, and that is something we are very proud of."

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. A score of 1000 means that the institution has met the goals of retention and satisfactory degree progress for 100 percent of each of its student-athletes in a given time period. A score of 900 equates to 90 percent, 800 equals 80 percent, and so forth.

The 2010 NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate Reports By School may be found at the NCAA website or by clicking here.



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