NCAA Releases Report on Student-athlete Academic Progress at The University of Texas at Austin

May 25, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — Athletic programs at The University of Texas at Austin once again have their annual set of data to prove the Longhorns are advancing toward their ultimate goal — to graduate all student-athletes.

The university surpassed the required NCAA standard in all sports, according to the multi-year NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) released on Tuesday (May 24).

Last week, nine University of Texas at Austin teams (baseball, men's basketball, men's golf, men's tennis, women's golf, women's indoor track and field, women's outdoor track and field, softball and women's tennis) received public recognition awards for their latest APR.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete during the school year. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

This APR is based on data submitted by the institution for the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.

The University of Texas at Austin Academic Progress Rate

Men's Programs: Multi-year APR

  • Baseball: 998
  • Basketball: 1,000
  • Cross Country: 976
  • Football: 941
  • Golf: 1,000
  • Swimming and Diving: 985
  • Tennis: 1,000
  • Track, Indoor: 988
  • Track, Outdoor: 988

Women's Programs: Multi-year APR

  • Basketball: 964
  • Cross Country: 976
  • Golf: 1,000
  • Rowing: 991
  • Soccer: 991
  • Softball: 994
  • Swimming and Diving: 989
  • Tennis: 1,000
  • Track, Indoor: 994
  • Track, Outdoor: 994
  • Volleyball: 989

For more information, contact: Nick Voinis, Texas Athletics, 512-471-2151.

1 Comment to "NCAA Releases Report on Student-athlete Academic Progress at The University of Texas at Austin"

1.  Thomas Palaima said on May 31, 2011

Before anyone reading this gets overjoyed, i.e., fooled, please read the pages of the national Chronicle of Higher Education and learn what a fraud the NCAA APR and Graduation Success Rate (GSR) are.

Gerald S. Gurney, the head of the national organization of athletic academic advisers who has decades of experience helping to educate athletes, writes that "the NCAA's relaxation of academic standards has challenged the academic integrity of higher education."
He calls the APR and GSC "manufactured," i.e., gimmicks designed to keep players eligible. And he is right.

See: http://chronicle.com/article/Stop-Lowering-the-Bar-for/127058/

See also: http://chronicle.com/article/The-NCAAthe-Athletes-It/127181/ .

This second article exposes the fact that the NCAA APR permits athletes to complete as few as two courses in a semester and requires GPA's of 1.8 at the end of their freshman year, 1.9 at the end of their sophomore year, and 2.0 at the end of three years.

When we learn that the AVERAGE student at UT Austin has a 3.09 GPA, we see these standards for what they are.

The UT Tower has on it carved in big plain letters: "Ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free".

Read and be freed of this kind of deceptive spin that perpetuates the abuse of student athletes.