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OXFORD, Ohio--The NCAA announced its annual public recognition honors for Athletic Progress Rate (APR) on Wednesday. For Miami, the women's basketball and golf programs were honored for scoring in the top 10 percent of their sports in the most recent multi-year APR. In addition 13 of the department's 17 teams posted perfect 1,000 single-year scores for the 2016-17 academic year and all of Miami's programs scored at least a 960 or above in that single year APR score.
Both the women's basketball team and the golf team have perfect 1,000 scores over the past four years that make up the multi-year APR ranking.
All of Miami's teams were comfortably above the NCAA's 930 minimum multi-year score to receive scholarship limitations or postseason bans.
"Miami University's Athletic Department is a special place because we all work hard to stay on the same page for benefit and success of our student athletes," said Craig Bennett, Assistant AD for Academic Support Services. "Our coaches do an amazing job recruiting student athletes that have the work ethic to be successful athletically and academically. Our student athletes know the value of graduating from Miami University and recognize what a privilege and responsibility there is to put on the Red and White."
The 13 perfect single-year scores include: baseball, men's cross country, golf, ice hockey, men's swimming, men's track and field, women's basketball, women's cross country, field hockey, softball, women's swimming, tennis and women's track and field.
APR scores are based on retention and eligibility of each scholarship student-athlete. Each student-athlete can earn four points per year -- one point for first-semester eligibility, one point for first-semester retention, one point for second-semester eligibility, and one point for second-semester retention. The total points earned are then divided by total points possible and the decimal place is dropped for the APR score.
The APR is a real-time measure of eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every NCAA Division I athletics team. The most recent scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years. The goal of academic reform is improvement, not punishment. Not only does academic reform ensure accountability for student-athletes, teams and institutions, but it also provides fairness by considering individual circumstances per team and school.