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NAU Student-Athletes Exceed NCAA Academic Standards

05 May 2016   NAU News
The swimming and diving team posted the highest multi-year APR (997) for an individual sport among NAU's teams

According to an NCAA Academic Progress Report, All 15 Northern Arizona University Sports Teams Exceeded the Required Academic Standards

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Academic excellence remains a high priority for the Northern Arizona University Athletics Department, as student-athletes continue to strive for academic excellence culminating in graduation, the latest annual multi-year data has been released by the NCAA.

NAU met the required NCAA standard in all sports, according to the 2014-15 NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) that was released on Wednesday.

"Academic success is a priority for our athletic administration, coaches, and student-athletes," said Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos. "The student development staff continues to enhance programs to ensure NAU student-athletes are remaining academically eligible while being retained and graduating. We are proud of our student-athletes for graduating from NAU as they have demonstrated the quality education they have received." 

NAU finished with a department-wide 3.12 cumulative grade point average for the 2014-15 academic year. Ten of 13 teams finished the academic year with a GPA of at least 3.00 led by the swimming & diving team, who recorded a 3.53 GPA. NAU had 139 total student-athletes earn All-Academic honors by the Big Sky and WAC.

All 15 NAU sponsored sports are exceeding NCAA academic standards for the sixth straight year. The department's overall APR for 2014-15 is 975. The following sports are ahead of the Division I average: men's cross country, women's cross country, women's soccer (tied), women's swimming & diving, and men's track & field.

Eleven NAU squads carry multi-year totals above 960; five of those programs have a total of 985 or higher. When comparing APR's to state schools Arizona State and the University of Arizona, women's soccer, women's cross country, and women's swimming & diving either tied or posted the highest APR for their sport.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the most recent four-year period, encompassing the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.

NAU's multi-year academic progress rates for individual sports were:


Multi-Year APR

Men's Basketball


Men's Cross Country




Men's Tennis


Men's Track & Field


Women's Basketball


Women's Cross Country


Women's Golf


Women's Soccer


Women's Swimming & Diving


Women's Tennis


Women's Track & Field


Women's Volleyball


Teams must meet a minimum multi-year Academic Progress Rate score of 930 out of 1,000 points possible—or a 940 average over the most recent two years—or risk losing scholarships and face other sanctions over time, including bans on postseason play.