BUFFALO, NY – For the second straight year, the University at Buffalo athletic department has seen all of its 20 intercollegiate sports finish above the cut line in the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores that were released today.
All 20 of the Bulls' programs finished the multi-year rate – which encompasses four years from 2006-07 to 2009-10 – above the minimum score of 925 out of 1,000. The APR, in its seventh year of existence, is a four-year rolling rate and focuses on each sport, not the institution’s overall performance and measures the retention and eligibility of student-athletes receiving athletic aid, and the eligibility measure is based on NCAA and UB eligibility standards.
In this year's report, the Bulls saw 16 teams record scores above 950 and 10 programs net out above 975, the most in school history. Four teams had perfect single-year rates of 1,000 – men's cross country, women's basketball, women's tennis and men's swimming – while women's tennis has a perfect four-year rate of 1,000 and was honored by the NCAA for that mark.
The UB football program continues to make huge strides, recording a four-year rate of 930 – the highest score in the seven years of the APR – up from a mark of 879 back in 2005-06. Other major success stories include the UB baseball program, whose four-year rate was 951 in 2009-10, up from 907 in 2005-06, and the Bulls' wrestling program, that has climbed from an 886 score in 2005-06 to a four-year rate of 967 this year (a jump of 81 points, the most of any UB program).
Of UB's 20 intercollegiate programs, 13 of them stayed the same or improved in the single-year from 2008-09 to this past year.
"I am as proud of our continued efforts to improve our retention and graduation rates, that are reflected so positively in this latest Academic Progress Rate report, as any championship we have won during my tenure here at UB,” said Warde Manuel, Vice President and Director of Athletics. “We have a tremendous staff and student-athletes that have bought into the culture of success in every facet of what we do, none more important than graduation and competing for excellence both on and off the fields of play.
“I am extremely appreciative of all of our coaches for continuing to spend the effort necessary to bring the right student-athletes to the University at Buffalo,” said Manuel, “and reinforcing the importance of balancing academics and athletics in the challenging arena of Division I athletics.”